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New edition of Jane Austen's unfinished last work, "Sanditon" (1817). Inspired by the "Welcome to Sanditon" transmedia project from Pemberley Digital, creators of "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries". Ed. Katharine K. Liu. Foreword by Jay Bushman.
New edition of Jane Austen's unfinished last work, "Sanditon" (1817). Inspired by the "Welcome to Sanditon" transmedia project from Pemberley Digital, creators of "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries". Ed. Katharine K. Liu. Foreword by Jay Bushman.

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Inspired by the Welcome to Sanditon transmedia project from Pemberley Digital™.

First published in May 2013. 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Edited text, footnotes and supplemental material copyright © Katharine K. Liu, 2013 Foreword copyright © Jay Bushman, 2013 All rights reserved. ISBN-13: 978-0-615-80765-2 Published in the United States of America by Hybrid Vigor Press. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned or distributed in in any printed or electronic form without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the editor’s rights.

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For all the fans of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries who can’t wait to see what Pemberley Digital™ does next.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword by Jay Bushman Notes on the Text Works Consulted SANDITON Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10 16 20 24 29 33 38 46 49 54 61 64 68 -------------------------------------------------4 6 8 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chapter 10 ------------------------------------------------------------------Chapter 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------Chapter 12 ------------------------------------------------------------------About the Editor ------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 .

much less read it. there are a minuscule amount of people familiar with "Sanditon". I hope that Katharine's work becomes a useful and fun resource for those of you who want to take part in our new show. Many people have been confused by the different completions attempted by other authors. It's even harder to type and read: at first. many people think it's "Sandition". we are just about to announce the show’s May 13th launch date. or by differing editions of the unfinished manuscript. But the challenge we face is that. every single person looks at me in confusion. Me included. It’s so tempting to put that extra "I" in. When we announced Welcome to Sanditon as our next project. It's awkward on the tongue and to the ear. very different. Partly because very few people have ever heard of "Sanditon". Which requires us to take her in some different directions. it was with the idea to include even more of the audience interaction that we built into LBD. but using Austen's framework as a jumping-off point. We are not making a very faithful adaptation. let me offer my apologies. But through this e-book. If nothing else. And so I was thrilled to see Katharine talking on Twitter about making a new ebook version of the original Austen text. an identity and a family much different from the Heywoods. As I write this. perceptive and intriguing character that could have become as iconic as Austen’s other heroines. To those of you who are Austen purists. I hope you will get a chance to meet Charlotte Heywood. Gigi brings with her a backstory. The biggest change we've made is that we've replaced "Sanditon"'s protagonist Charlotte Heywood with LBD's Gigi Darcy. compared to Pride and Prejudice. 4 .FOREWORD BY JAY BUSHMAN Welcome to Sanditon: When I tell people that our follow-up to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is based on Austen's "Sanditon". And partly because "Sanditon" is a difficult word to say. a lively. it should enable you to see all the places where we've drastically changed things from the original. You will recognize the characters but they will have become very.

It's not just something that residents say to Gigi. Jay Bushman Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner http://welcometosanditon.com May 2nd.The name of the series is Welcome to Sanditon. 2013 Welcome to Sanditon 5 . I hope to see you around town. and we mean that literally. but it's our invitation to you to come join this community and make your own story.

The final date on the manuscript is March 18th. Transcriptions and Editions of the Text Because Austen's texts are in the public domain and her work remains incredibly popular.NOTES ON THE TEXT Original Document The untitled manuscript fragment now known as "Sanditon" is housed at King's College. written out neatly by the author or a professional scribe.janeausten. ready to be sent to the printer for publication. it is the first and only rough draft of this text. In the King’s College manuscript of "Sanditon". but shows very little of the author's writing process. From a reader’s perspective. we have the opposite issue. In addition. also written in Austen's hand. scholars in a variety of disciplines. To the best of our knowledge. emendations.uk) includes a fully-digitized copy with transcription. hard-to-read sidebars. it authoritatively answers the question of "What did Jane Austen intend to write?". R. Chapman's 20th-century transcriptions were 6 . 1817. with minimal edits and errors. This manuscript is filled with evidence of authorial decision-making: cross-outs. abbreviations of dubious intention.a clean version. 1817. Prior works like Pride and Prejudice tend to appear in a manuscript state known as a "fair copy" . there are no paragraph. teachers. A fair copy is basically the work in its final form. Unlike her other manuscripts. there are innumerable printed editions of her six complete novels. 1817. and it is in a state aptly called a "working draft" or "foul papers". and even babies). Contemporary letters note that Austen began to feel unwell in early 1816. fans. Cambridge University. It is accepted to be the last work of fiction she attempted before her final illness (most frequently diagnosed as Addison's disease) prevented her from continuing.ac. The Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition project site (http://www. The situation tends to be different with her juvenilia and unfinished drafts. and her health had begun to decline seriously by mid1816. designed for all types of readers (including students. making the document a single 120-page block of text.or linebreaks to speak of. and everything else you'd expect of an early draft written entirely by hand. Given that the earliest date on the "Sanditon" manuscript (written in Austen's handwriting) is January 27th. "Sanditon" was still very much a work-in-progress as of Austen's death on July 18th. as well as archival processing notes for the original document. Austen would have been very conscious of mortality when she began writing her novel about health and the future.W.

rather than for the broader range of Austen readers. as Jay wrote. and consequently replicate the manuscript copy with all of the writer's syntactical idiosyncrasies (ex. is to serve merely as the starting point for that project.) Digitally scanning and saving PDFs of paper editions. As "Fragment of a Novel". 2013 7 . it's an attempt to make a reader-friendly edition that fans of Austen. The role of the "Sanditon" text.) Using an OCR (online character recognition) program to "read" the physical page and translate its symbols into a text document. punctuation. can enjoy in anticipation of the Welcome to Sanditon transmedia adventure. collated against the editions consulted below. and particularly The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. but Austen's long sentences have been kept to maintain the text's rhythm. spelling. Specifically. often with less-than-perfect results. in addition to their normal function of clarifying unfamiliar terms. While massive electronic text initiatives like Project Gutenberg and Google Books have done exceptional work in increasing the availability and readership of obscure texts by classic authors. Pre-existing editions have been used to introduce paragraph breaks. The few extant editions of "Sanditon" tend to designed for scholars. Katharine K. quotation marks). Liu May 1st. and spelling have been modernized. This Copy of "Sanditon" The base text of this edition of "Sanditon" is a hand-corrected version of the open source Project Gutenberg Australia copy. Scholars looking at "Sanditon" tend to focus on the text in relation to Austen's life and writing style. including "Sanditon". capitalization. The hope is to render the text as transparently as possible. Capitalization. and/or 2. This is not a new transcription or a scholarly edition of the text. and only a handful of editions have followed. Chapman's text of "Sanditon" was not published until 1925.the first published copies of some of Austen’s less popular manuscripts. So. the footnotes of this edition occasionally "jump the gun" by introducing the names and relationships of important characters so that the reader can catch them on the first read-through. punctuation. the sheer size of these projects means that they tend to follow two broad-brush procedures to reproduce these texts: 1. and to eliminate any incidental features that stand in the way of a story well told.

Margaret. By Jane Austen. New York: Cambridge University Press. ---. 1975. 2nd ed. Chisholm. 2012." Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. Margaret. No accession number. King's College. By Jane Austen. Drabble. and "Sanditon". Ed. "The Watsons". New York: Cambridge University Press." "Lady Susan". Edward. Margaret Drabble." "Lady Susan". "Class. and "Sanditon". London: Penguin Books. By Jane Austen. Penguin Classics. 127-143.WORKS CONSULTED Austen. "Sanditon. David Seaman. "Sanditon. 2003. "The Watsons". KS: DigiReads. 2001. and "Sanditon"." Project Gutenberg Australia. 2003. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Cambridge. Margaret. General editor Colin Choat. 218-222. Processing notes for "Sanditon".edu/etcbin/toccernew2?id=AusSndt. Penguin Classics. 7-31. 37-39. Electronic Text Center." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. ---. 2012.virginia. London: Penguin Books. Jane. University of Virginia. "Money. 6 April 2013 8 . Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Alderman Library. Ed. Penguin Classics. "Social Background. 6 April 2013 <http://http://etext. 6 April 2013 <http://gutenberg. 33-36. "Sanditon. 2nd ed. Stilwell. "Lady Susan".sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/moden g/parsed&tag=public&part=all>. "A Note On The Text. "The Watsons". 2012. Principal Investigator Kathryn Sutherland." "Lady Susan". Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. Lorrie S. "The Watsons". 2007.au/ebooks/fr008641. and Karen Wikander.html>. Drabble. London: Penguin Books. 1998. 111-126. McMaster. 2003. 153-211. 2003. Drabble." "Sanditon". London: Penguin Books.net. Copeland. Juliet. and "Sanditon". "Sanditon. Penguin Classics. and "Lady Susan". ---. Ed. "The Watsons". Introduction. Ed.

176-191. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Ed.ac.uk/edition/ms/SanditonHeadNote. Gillian.janeausten. Russell. 2012. New York: Cambridge University Press.html>. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster.<http://www. Ed. 2nd ed. 2nd ed. 87-96. New York: Cambridge University Press. 'The Watsons' and 'Sanditon'. 2012. Todd. 9 . "Sociability. "'Lady Susan'." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. Janet." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen.

which was seen romantically situated among wood on a high eminence at some little distance. and the gentleman having scrambled out and helped out his companion. beyond it. the proprietor of the place. you know. terrified and anxious. is located in the county of East Sussex in the south-east corner of England. The accident had been discerned from a hayfield adjoining the house they had passed. The very thing perhaps to be wished for. had conceived to be necessarily their object and had with most unwilling looks been constrained to pass by. was obliged in a few moments to cut short both his remonstrances to the driver and his congratulations to his wife and himself and sit down on the bank.Chapter 1 A GENTLEMAN AND A LADY travelling from Tonbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne. and receiving her first real comfort from the sight of several persons now coming to their assistance. 1 10 . in a better place. There. hale. no wheels but cart wheels could safely proceed. I fancy. unable to stand. "it could not have happened. but stood. were overturned in toiling up its long ascent. half sand." pointing to the neat-looking end of a cottage. And the persons who approached were a well-looking. on being first required to take that direction. "There is something wrong here. But the gentleman had. as soon as the premises of the said house were left behind . neither able to do or suggest anything. and soon becoming sensible of it. my dear. while Tonbridge is a town in Kent. He had grumbled and shaken his shoulders and pitied and cut his horses so sharply that he might have been open to the suspicion of overturning them on purpose (especially as the carriage was not his master's own) if the road had not indisputably become worse than before. half rock. the county directly between of East Sussex and Greater London. being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough lane. Good out of evil. gentleman-like man of middle age. The severity of the fall was broken by their slow pace and the narrowness of the lane. Hastings and Eastbourne are boroughs in East Sussex. Parker are traveling. and three or four of The village of Sanditon.a house which their driver. 1 The accident happened just beyond the only gentleman's house near the lane . and Mrs. "Does not that promise to be the very place?" His wife fervently hoped it was. "But never mind." looking up at her with a smile. they neither of them at first felt more than shaken and bruised. in the course of the extrication.expressing with a most portentous countenance that. who happened to be among his haymakers at the time. towards which Mr." said he. sprained his foot. putting his hand to his ankle. lies my cure. We shall soon get relief.

"You are extremely obliging. 11 . I dare say. Here. "I am sorry to have the appearance of contradicting you." 2 Mr.to say nothing of all the rest of the field. Heywood. to have a surgeon's opinion without loss of time." "The surgeon!" exclaimed Mr. But it is always best in these cases. you know. sir. sir. sir! Are you expecting to find a surgeon in that cottage? We have neither surgeon nor partner in the parish. His courtesies were received with good breeding and gratitude. sir. his partner will do just as well . the traveler said. very trifling. Indeed I would prefer the attendance of his partner. One of these good people can be with him in three minutes. women and children. some surprise at anybody's attempting that road in a carriage. Mr. I am sure." "Then. Mr. a "gentleman" refers to the head of a land-owning country household. but from the extent of the parish or some other cause you may not be aware of the fact. such was the name of the said proprietor. sir. advanced with a very civil salutation. Heywood looked very much astonished." "Nay sir. "What.Stay." "Excuse me. if he is not in the way. I assure you. can I be mistaken in the place? Am I not in Willingden? Is not this Willingden?" "Yes. "if you will do me the favor of casting your eye over these advertisements which I cut out myself from the 2 Roughly speaking.or rather better. whose income is derived from farming. I would rather see his partner." taking out his pocketbook. Parker can deduce that Mr. "for excepting your own. "I am afraid you will find no surgeon at hand here. not very far off. The injury to my leg is. I need not ask whether I see the house. I can bring proof of your having a surgeon in the parish. this is certainly Willingden. and while one or two of the men lent their help to the driver in getting the carriage upright again. sir. much concern for the accident. Heywood is a gentleman based on his estate. and I take you at your word. rent and inheritance rather than a profession (McMaster 114). and as the road does not seem in a favorable state for my getting up to his house myself.the ablest of them summoned to attend their master . but I dare say we shall do very well without him. we have passed none in this place which can be the abode of a gentleman. whether you may know it or not." looking towards the cottage. Heywood. and ready offers of assistance. I will thank you to send off one of these good people for the surgeon. men." replied the other.

but based on description they would probably be located in East Sussex’s largest district. until the carriage is at the door. having looked them over. The advertisements did not catch my eye until the last half hour of our being in town . as indifferent a double tenement as any in the parish. You will find in it an advertisement of the dissolution of a partnership in the medical line ." He took the pieces of paper as he spoke. All notes on carriages come primarily from Drabble. 3 But as to that cottage. My dear.extensive business . I think you will be convinced that I am not speaking at random.undeniable character . And your advertisements must refer to the other. and finding we were actually to pass within a mile or two of a Willingden. One is never able to complete anything in the way of business.Morning Post and the Kentish Gazette only yesterday morning in London. sir." replied the traveler pleasantly. "Social Background". which is Great Willingden or Willingden Abbots." offering the two little oblong extracts. There are two Willingdens in this country." he added. designed for long-distance travel. and. Well. sir. And as soon as these good people have A post chaise is a wide. appropriately named Wealden. Quite down in the weald. I am sure. Imagine trying to drive off-road in a minivan and you’ll have the general idea. if gentlemen were to be often attempting this lane in post chaises. To be sure. "I believe I can explain it. Great Willingden and Willingden Abbots are fictional (Drabble. So satisfying myself with a brief inquiry. that it is in fact. "Having lived here ever since I was born. sir. It gives me no pain while I am quiet. you would not persuade me of there being a surgeon in Willingden. if you were to show me all the newspapers that are printed in one week throughout the kingdom. 3 4 12 .. I think I must have known of such a person. four-wheel carriage drawn by two or four horses.. you know.everything in the hurry and confusion which always attend a short stay there. Willingden (spelled "Willingdon" today) is a village in northern Eastbourne.wishing to form a separate establishment. in spite of its spruce air at this distance. I can assure you." (to his wife) "I am very sorry to have brought you into this scrape. All done in a moment. speaking rather proudly. it might not be a bad speculation for a surgeon to get a house at the top of the hill. Heywood with a good-humored smile. and that my shepherd lives at one end and three old women at the other." 4 "Not down in the weald. You will find it at full length. and lies seven miles off on the other side of Battle. "It took us half an hour to climb your hill.respectable references . And we. I sought no farther. "Notes" 218). "are not in the weald. "Sir.in your own parish . But do not be alarmed about my leg. At least I may venture to say that he has not much business. added. I dare say it is as you say and I have made an abominably stupid blunder." said Mr. sir. Your mistake is in the place. man and boy fifty-seven years.

And I will answer for the pleasure it will give my wife and daughters to be of service to you in every way in their power. the best thing we can do will be to measure back our steps into the turnpike road and proceed to Hailsham. and in order to do away with any unfavorable impression which the sort of wild-goose chase you find me in may have given rise to. Depend upon it. and so home without attempting anything farther. How they can half of them be filled is the wonder! Where people can be found with money and time to go to them! Bad things for a country . Heywood." This is the first of Mr." replied Mr. my dear. this England" (II. Heywood.i). it is exactly a case for the sea. this earth. My sensations tell me so already. the most favored by nature. sir. this realm. sir. Mrs. I have heard of Sanditon. we have our remedy at hand. "We are always well stocked. you know. Parker. Parker’s poetic raptures on Sanditon. Heywood here interposed. Parker of Sanditon. Mr." said he.succeeded in setting the carriage to rights and turning the horses around." 5 "Yes.though I am by no means the first of my family holding landed property in the parish of Sanditon . in trying to move his foot. entreating them not to think of proceeding until the ankle had been examined and some refreshment taken. I believe it will be better for us." In a most friendly manner Mr. "Before we accept your hospitality.may be unknown at this distance from the coast. and in writing them Austen draws comically on John of Gaunt’s famous paean to England in Shakespeare’s Richard II: "This other Eden. allow me to tell you who we are. and consulting his wife in the few words of "Well. A little of our own bracing sea air will soon set me on my feet again. demi-paradise.as I dare say you find. one hears of some new place or other starting up by the sea and growing the fashion. Saline air and immersion will be the very thing. 5 13 . The favorite for a young and rising bathing-place ." A twinge or two./… this little world/This precious stone set in the silver sea…/This blessed plot. But Sanditon itself ." he turned again to Mr. We are on our road home from London. and promising to be the most chosen by man./This fortress built by Nature for herself/Against infection and the hand of war. "with all the common remedies for sprains and bruises.everybody has heard of Sanditon. and very cordially pressing them to make use of his house for both purposes.sure to raise the price of provisions and make the poor good for nothing . disposed the traveler to think rather more than he had done at first of the benefit of immediate assistance. And once at home. my wife. this lady. "Every five years. My name perhaps . my dear. Two hours take us home from Hailsham.certainly the favorite spot of all that are to be found along the coast of Sussex. My name is Parker.

that this is a most faithful description of Brinshore .roads proverbially detestable water brackish beyond example." answered Mr. Our coast is abundant enough. "I only think our coast is too full of them altogether. sir. And those good people who are trying to add to the number are. not at all. It may apply to your large.not in the smallest degree exaggerated . sir. the nursery grounds. impossible to get a good dish of tea within three miles of the place."Not at all. overgrown places like Brighton or Worthing or Eastbourne . 14 . It demands no more. in my opinion. "On that point perhaps we may not totally disagree. sir. excessively absurd and must soon find themselves the dupes of their own fallacious calculations. fortunately. precluded by its size from experiencing any of the evils of civilization. sir. a bleak moor and the constant effluvia of a ridge of putrefying seaweed .lying as it does between a stagnant marsh. Sanditon is not a place-" "I do not mean to take exception to any place in particular.no weeds . I may say was wanted.the very spot which thousands seemed in need of! The most desirable distance from London! One complete.and if you have heard it differently spoken of-" 6 Poor Brinshore is. What in the name of common sense is to recommend Brinshore? A most insalubrious air . But had we not better try to get you-" "Our coast too full!" repeated Mr.acknowledged to be so . steady. Only conceive. Never was there a place more palpably designed by nature for the resort of the invalid . while the growth of the place.excellent bathing . Such a place as Sanditon. the buildings.fine hard sand . Heywood. measured mile nearer than Eastbourne. I assure you. private families of thorough gentility and character who are a blessing everywhere excite the industry of the poor and diffuse comfort and improvement among them of every sort. purest sea breeze on the coast . The finest. Parker eagerly. Everybody's taste and everybody's finances may be suited.but not to a small village like Sanditon." cried Mr. But Brinshore. Parker.can end in nothing but their own disappointment.deep water ten yards from the shore . sir.no slimy rocks. And as for the soil . A common idea. which I dare say you have in your eye . At least there are enough. No sir.those regular. "Quite the contrary. the demand for everything and the sure resort of the very best company . I assure you. Nature had marked it out. 6 Depend upon it.no mud .it is so cold and ungrateful that it can hardly be made to yield a cabbage.the attempts of two or three speculating people about Brinshore this last year to raise that paltry hamlet . was called for. the advantage of saving a whole mile in a long journey. a fictional place. but a mistaken one. had spoken in most intelligible characters.

I never heard it spoken of in my life before. As Mrs. Now." said Mr. let us see how you can be best conveyed into the house. and in an unaffected manner calculated to make the strangers easy. sir. as opposed to Voltaire . my dear. Parker was exceedingly anxious for relief . And I am sure by your lady's countenance that she is quite of my opinion and thinks it a pity to lose any more time." Two or three genteel-looking young women. was discovered to have received such injury on the fallen side as to be unfit for present use. never heard of half a mile from home. I fancy we may apply to Brinshore that line of the poet Cowper in his description of the religious cottager.a very few civil scruples were enough. sir. especially as the carriage. "I began to wonder the bustle should not have reached them. being now set up."Sir.and her husband by this time not much less disposed for it .'She. followed by as many maid servants." The young ladies approached and said everything that was proper to recommend their father's offers. But I want to see something applied to your leg.'" 7 "With all my heart.apply any verses you like to it. Mr. Heywood. "you see how it is. "I did not know there was such a place in the world. So much for the celebrity of Brinshore! This gentleman did not know there was such a place in the world. were now seen issuing from the house. in truth. Why. And here come my girls to speak for themselves and their mother. A thing of this kind soon makes a stir in a lonely place like ours. Parker was therefore carried into the house and his carriage wheeled off to a vacant barn. 15 . 7 William Cowper (1731-1800) was a popular English poet and predecessor to the Romantics who were in vogue at the time "Sanditon" was written." "You did not! There." turning with exultation to his wife. sir .

He was waited on and nursed. fashionable bathing place. but whether she is the oldest sibling is unclear. and planned and built. [Tom] Parker. they had engaged in it. All that he understood of himself. By such he was perceived to be an enthusiast . Parker is "about 35" and Diana is "about 34". though not large. and Mr. Mr. Mr. 8 16 . that he had two brothers and two sisters. Parker's character and history were soon unfolded. A very few years ago. had been married . as there was not more good will on one side than gratitude on the other. was neither short nor unimportant. by collateral inheritance. was the object for which he seemed to live. 8 His object in quitting the high road to hunt for an advertising surgeon was also plainly stated. and Arthur. for he was very open-hearted. a complete enthusiast. in the kindest and most unpretending manner.succeeding as eldest son to the property which two or three generations had been holding and accumulating before him. in more direct communication. no profession . quite as well provided for as himself. he laid before them were that he was about five and thirty. Sanditon. he readily told. that he was of a respectable family and easy. It had not proceeded from any intention of spraining his ankle or The five adult Parker siblings. and had four sweet children at home. and she cheered and comforted with unremitting kindness. (?). Parker could now think of very little besides. they grew to like each other in the course of that fortnight exceedingly well.seven years. 34. perhaps Austen had yet to decide when she stopped working on the manuscript. and as every office of hospitality and friendliness was received as it ought.the eldest of the two former indeed. Sidney. his conversation was still giving information to such of the Heywoods as could observe. and raised it to something of young renown. and where he might be himself in the dark. 20. so the text is ambiguous. 35. Parker's sprain proving too serious for him to move sooner. thus oddly begun. By address we learn that Susan is the elder sister. He had fallen into very good hands. The Heywoods were a thoroughly respectable family and every possible attention was paid. all single and all independent . Diana. but some natural advantages in its position and some accidental circumstances having suggested to himself and the other principal landholder the probability of its becoming a profitable speculation. are Mr. fortune. 27-28.very happily married . Susan.Chapter 2 THE ACQUAINTANCE. the success of Sanditon as a small. For a whole fortnight the travelers were fixed at Willingden. to both husband and wife. Mr. in descending order by age. nor any deficiency of generally pleasant manners in either. The facts which. and praised and puffed.on the subject of Sanditon. it had been a quiet village of no pretensions.

Sanditon was a second wife and four children to him. would in fact tend to bring a prodigious influx. one or the other of them being a match for every disorder of the stomach. And Mrs. Parker9 was as evidently a gentle. amiable. of a sanguine turn of mind. He was extremely desirous of drawing his good friends at Willingden thither. his occupation. his lottery. children. the properest wife in the world for a man of strong understanding but not of a capacity to supply the cooler reflection which her own husband sometimes needed. also named Mary. Upon the whole. and his endeavors in the cause were as grateful and disinterested as they were warm. and. the lungs or the blood. Mr. He held it indeed as certain that no person could be really well. [Mary] Parker. liberal. it was his mine. who were sad invalids and whom he was very anxious to get to Sanditon this summer. not only those of birthplace. no person (however upheld for the present by fortuitous aids of exercise and spirits in a semblance of health) could be really in a state of secure and permanent health without spending at least six weeks by the sea every year. healthy as they all undeniably were. with more imagination than judgment. his hope and his futurity. [Tom] Parker’s wife is Mrs. Heywood had been apt to suppose) from any design of entering into partnership with him. It had indeed the highest claims. He was convinced that the advantage of a medical man at hand would very materially promote the rise and prosperity of the place. anti-septic. He wanted to secure the promise of a visit. The sea air and sea bathing together were nearly infallible. nor (as Mr. she remained equally useless. foresaw that every one of them would be benefited by the sea.doing himself any other injury for the good of such surgeon. fond of wife. brothers and sisters. his speculation and his hobby horse. and certainly more engrossing. Nobody could catch 9 Mr. Parker was evidently an amiable family man. easy to please. could hardly be expected to hazard themselves in a place where they could not have immediate medical advice. 17 . it was merely in consequence of a wish to establish some medical man at Sanditon. He could talk of it forever. nothing else was wanting. He had strong reason to believe that one family had been deterred last year from trying Sanditon on that account and probably very many more . their children appear to be three boys and a girl. hardly less dear. to get as many of the family as his own house would contain to follow him to Sanditon as soon as possible. gentleman-like. and generally kind-hearted. sweet-tempered woman. and so entirely waiting to be guided on every occasion that whether he was risking his fortune or spraining his ankle. anti-bilious and anti-rheumatic. They were anti-spasmodic. which the nature of the advertisement induced him to expect to accomplish in Willingden. anti-pulmonary.and his own sisters. property and home.

They had a very pretty property.cold by the sea. They stayed at home that their children might get out. What prudence had at first enjoined was now rendered pleasant by habit. settled. nobody wanted strength. under her mother's directions. In Welcome to Sanditon. Their invitation was to Miss Charlotte Heywood 11. they were glad to promote their getting out into the world as much as possible. It was general pleasure and consent.fortifying and bracing seemingly just as was wanted . and Mrs. and symptoms of the gout and a winter at Bath. and Mrs. Charlotte was to go: with excellent health. could not prevail. Mr. and. 10 But the maintenance. education and fitting out of fourteen children demanded a very quiet. Heywood never left home. no difficulties were started. sometimes the other. while making that home extremely comfortable. But very far from wishing their children to do the same. and obliged them to be stationary and healthy at Willingden. They never left home and they had gratification in saying so. Sea air was healing. their movements had long been limited to one small circle. but associated with relaxation and holistic wellness rather than the clinical treatment of specific diseases. the sea-bath was the certain corrective. relaxing . however. enough. softening. ceased from soliciting a family visit and bounded their views to carrying back one daughter with them. nobody wanted appetite by the sea. Excepting two journeys to London in the year to receive his dividends. enough for them to have indulged in a new carriage and better roads. and where bathing disagreed. Mr. a very pleasing young woman of two and twenty. His eloquence. had their family been of reasonable limits. welcomed every change from it which could give useful connections or respectable acquaintance to sons or daughters. 10 11 18 . When Mr. therefore. Marrying early and having a very numerous family. careful course of life. the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure. Parker. and Mrs. to bathe and be better if she could. Charlotte Heywood is the character represented by Gigi Darcy. the eldest of the daughters at home and the one who. and they were older in habits than in age.sometimes one. who had attended them most and knew them best. an occasional month at Tunbridge Wells. nobody wanted spirits. to receive every possible pleasure which Tunbridge Wells (different from Tonbridge) and Bath were fashionable resort towns based around health. Heywood's adventurings were only now and then to visit her neighbors in the old coach which had been new when they married and fresh-lined on their eldest son's coming of age ten years ago. had been particularly useful and obliging to them. to have allowed them a very gentlemanlike share of luxuries and change. If the sea breeze failed. Heywood went no farther than his feet or his well-tried old horse could carry him. Today's equivalent might be the destination spa.

Heywood himself could be persuaded to promise was that he would send everyone to Sanditon who asked his advice. which Mr. Parker was anxiously wishing to support. and that nothing should ever induce him (as far as the future could be answered for) to spend even five shillings at Brinshore. and to buy new parasols. 19 . All that Mr. new gloves and new brooches for her sisters and herself at the library.Sanditon could be made to supply by the gratitude of those she went with.

"Miss Brereton" is Clara Brereton. a cheerful. there are points." 12 For the title. "a little self-importance . a man of considerable property in the country. She has Except for this paragraph. were facts already known. The late Sir Harry Denham. Her first husband had been a Mr. Mr. 12 20 . Lady Denham had been a rich Miss Brereton. The great lady of Sanditon was Lady Denham. she had been induced to marry again. of which a large share of the parish of Sanditon. and all at her disposal.and there are moments. she had married.and her faults may be entirely imputed to her want of education. but he could not succeed in the views of permanently enriching his family which were attributed to him. or a heavy bit of road.a very obliging. He had been an elderly man when she married him. But she is a good-natured woman. Parker gave Charlotte a more detailed account of her than had been called for before. the "poor cousin" who lives with her at Sanditon House. her own age about thirty. on Sir Harry's decease. she was said to have made this boast to a friend: "that though she had got nothing but her title from the family. and to give the visiting young lady a suitable knowledge of the person with whom she might now expect to be daily associating. Her motives for such a match could be little understood at the distance of forty years. friendly neighbor. Going forward. with manor and mansion house. Parker acknowledged there being just such a degree of value for it apparent now as to give her conduct that natural explanation.Chapter 3 EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD should have a great lady. She had been too wary to put anything out of her own power and when. but some further particulars of her history and her character served to lighten the tediousness of a long hill. made a part." said he. Hollis. it was to be supposed. born to wealth but not to education. who had buried two husbands. Hollis that at his death he left her everything . That she was a very rich old lady. when her love of money is carried greatly too far. She had been necessarily often mentioned at Willingden . had succeeded in removing her and her large income to his own domains. "There is at times. After a widowhood of some years. Lady Denham (formerly Hollis. she returned again to her own house at Sanditon. and Mr. but she had so well nursed and pleased Mr.but it is not offensive .all his estates. a very good-natured woman . and was very much looked up to and had a poor cousin living with her. Sanditon itself could not be talked of long without the introduction of Lady Denham. who knew the value of money. of Denham Park in the neighborhood of Sanditon. valuable character . independent. née Brereton) is always referred to as "Lady Denham". and in their journey from Willingden to the coast. still she had given nothing for it.for being his colleague in speculation.

" said Mr. he does what he can and is running up a tasteful little cottage ornée 14on a strip of waste ground Lady Denham has granted him. Hollis's death. but quite uncultivated. had done themselves irremediable harm by expressions of very unwise and unjustifiable resentment at the time of Mr. "He is a warm friend to Sanditon. Miss Denham. By all of these. She has a fine active mind as well as a fine healthy frame for a woman of seventy. She cannot look forward quite as I would have her and takes alarm at a trifling present expense without considering what returns it will make her in a year or two. Hollis's kindred were the least in favor and Sir Harry Denham's the most. We now and then see things differently. resided constantly at Denham Park." Given that Sir Edward Denham inherited the title from his uncle Sir Harry. the present baronet. of having been known to her from their childhood and of being always at hand to preserve their interest by reasonable attention. he believed. would be principally remembered in her will. who lived with him. Hollis. Literally an "ornamental cottage". had he the power. nephew to Sir Harry. "and his hand would be as liberal as his heart. for she had many thousands a year to bequeath. who might very reasonably wish for her original thirty thousand pounds among them." Lady Denham was indeed a great lady beyond the common wants of society. Edward’s sister is simply "Miss [Esther] Denham". the latter had the advantage of being the remnant of a connection which she certainly valued. well-attacked. He would be a noble coadjutor! As it is. When you see us in contact. or by branches of them. and those members of the Denham family whom her second husband had hoped to make a good bargain for. 13 14 st 21 . and still continued to be. rather than his father. Parker did not hesitate to say that Mr. That is. and three distinct sets of people to be courted by: her own relations. which I have no doubt we shall have many a candidate for before the end even of this season. Similar to a 21 -century "country house" or hunting lodge. Miss Denham had a very small provision.good natural sense. the cottage ornée was a picturesque retreat for middle-class families that employed rustic decor but retained all the modern conveniences (Drabble. Mr. Parker. must be listened to with caution. 13 He sincerely hoped it. Parker had little doubt that he and his sister. we think differently. Those who tell their own story. and enters into the improvement of Sanditon with a spirit truly admirable. and her brother was a poor man for his rank in society. the legal heirs of Mr. The former. you will judge for yourself. Sir Edward. Though now and then. “Notes” 219). Miss Heywood. and Mr. a littleness will appear. she had no doubt been long. you know. who must hope to be more indebted to her sense of justice than he had allowed them to be to his. and of these three divisions.

Parker spoke warmly of Clara Brereton. gentle.Until within the last twelvemonth.those of the young female relation whom Lady Denham had been induced to receive into her family. He gave the particulars which had led to Clara's admission at Sanditon as no bad exemplification of that mixture of character . conducting herself uniformly with great good sense. After having avoided London for many years. and learning her situation. and the interest of his story increased very much with the introduction of such a character. and long and often enjoyed the repeated defeats she had given to every attempt of her relations to introduce this young lady or that young lady as a companion at Sanditon House. as she heard her described to be lovely. Lady Denham has presumably traveled to London to conduct business. who seemed always to have a spy on her. Heywood’s biannual trips to receive his dividends. Beauty. amiable. and whom she was determined to keep at a distance. woman feels for woman very promptly and compassionately. introduced themselves at this important moment. as having the fairest chance of succeeding to the greater part of all that she had to give. Parker had considered Sir Edward as standing without a rival.in all the anger and perturbation of her belief in very gross imposition and her ignorance of where to go for better usage . Mr. inviting and tormenting her. unassuming.that union of littleness with kindness and good sense. even liberality . it was solicitude and enjoyment.to leave the hotel at all hazards. with due exceptions. sweetness. when the cousins. Its amount was such as determined her on staying not another hour in the house.which he saw in Lady Denham. Like Mr. but there were now another person's claims to be taken into account . living by her own account as prudently as possible to defy the reputed expensiveness of such a home. She had gone to a hotel. who bid fair by her merits to vie in favor with Sir Edward and to secure for herself and her family that share of the accumulated property which they had certainly the best right to inherit. poverty and dependence do not want the imagination of a man to operate upon. Michaelmas was one of four English "quarter days" each year when servants were hired and rents due. and she was preparing . and evidently gaining by her innate worth on the affections of her patroness. and at the end of three days calling for her bill that she might judge of her state. After having always protested against any such addition. the politic and lucky cousins. Mr. she had brought back with her from London last Michaelmas15 a Miss Brereton. persuaded her to accept such a September 29 . 15 th 22 . principally on account of these very cousins who were continually writing. Charlotte listened with more than amusement now. she had been obliged to go there last Michaelmas with the certainty of being detained at least a fortnight.

with the probability of another being then to take her place. She was a general favorite. passing by the actual daughters of the house. She was felt to be worthy of trust. 23 . she had chosen Clara. with all her natural endowments and powers. was delighted with her welcome and the hospitality and attention she received from everybody. The influence of her steady conduct and mild. who would enlarge her mind and open her hand. but in selecting the one.an additional burden on an encumbered circle. For.home for the rest of her stay as their humbler house in a very inferior part of London could offer. to all appearance. to be the very companion who would guide and soften Lady Denham. and since having had the advantage of their Sanditon breezes. She went. The six months had long been over and not a syllable was breathed of any change or exchange. The invitation was to one. The prejudices which had met her at first. for six months. more helpless and more pitiable of course than any . and finally was impelled by a personal knowledge of their narrow income and pecuniary difficulties to invite one of the girls of the family to pass the winter with her. gentle temper was felt by everybody. were all dissipated. a niece. that loveliness was complete. Lady Denham had shown the good part of her character. in some quarters. Clara had returned with her and by her good sense and merit had now.a dependent on poverty . She was as thoroughly amiable as she was lovely. found her good cousins the Breretons beyond her expectation worthy people. secured a very strong hold in Lady Denham's regard. and one who had been so low in every worldly view as. to have been preparing for a situation little better than a nursery maid.

Parker and I lived until within the last two years. and where my own three eldest children were born. I have given it up. pent down in this little contracted nook. orchard and meadows which are the best embellishments of such a dwelling. You will not think I have made a bad exchange when we reach Trafalgar House which bye the bye." "It was always a very comfortable house. and Hillier keeps it in very good order.for Waterloo is more the thing now. It supplies us. in a sheltered dip within two miles of the sea. with all the fruit and vegetables we want. all the comfort of an excellent kitchen garden without the constant eyesore of its formalities or the yearly nuisance of its decaying vegetation. It is an honest old place. Here were we. and I. 1805) and Waterloo (June 18 . Parker’s enthusiasm for the latest trends. to the man who occupies the chief of my land. without air or view." "Yes. and rich in the garden.and the name joined to the form of the building.a beautiful spot. until our new house was finished. you know. only one mile and three quarters from the noblest expanse of ocean between the South Foreland and Land's End.modern Sanditon . "And such a nice garden such an excellent garden. Waterloo is in reserve. Who can endure a cabbage bed in October?" The Battles of Trafalgar (October 21 . but that we may be said to carry with us. Parker. and without the smallest advantage from it. In "Sanditon". which always takes. in fact. As the name implies.Chapter 4 "AND WHOSE very snug-looking place is this?" said Charlotte as.16 However. Parker. my love. as before. they passed close by a moderate-sized house. the house where I and all my brothers and sisters were born and bred. a crescent is an architectural structure composed of a number of houses arranged in the shape of an arc." "Ah. will give us the command of lodgers. And we have. looking at it through the back window with something like the fondness of regret. a rather better situation! One other hill brings us to Sanditon . "It seems to have as many comforts about it as Willingden. wellfenced and planted. the house of my forefathers. always built in a hole. I am glad you are pleased with it. 16 st th 17 24 . I almost wish I had not named Trafalgar . In a good season we should have more applications than we could attend to." said Mr. He gets a better house by it. where Mrs. Our ancestors. "This is my old house. you know. 1815) were the decisive British victories in the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)." said Mrs. and if we have encouragement enough this year for a little crescent17 to be ventured on (as I trust we shall) then we shall be able to call it Waterloo Crescent . they represent Mr.

for if it is forgot to be brought at any time. we have not a quarter of a mile to go. The gardener there is glad enough to supply us. I remember seeing Mrs. and she did not seem at all aware of the wind being anything more than common. I am sure we do. In the meanwhile we have the canvas awning which gives us the most complete comfort within doors. But it was a nice place for the children to run about in. and therefore we must give him what help we can. when we had been literally rocked in our bed. If we any of us want to bathe. But. my dear. we shall have shade enough on the hill. to have something or other forgotten most days. He will do very well beyond a doubt. we can always buy what we want at Sanditon House. while down in this gutter. The growth of my plantations is a general astonishment. We have all the grandeur of the storm with less real danger because the wind. But at first it is uphill work. The Hilliers did not seem to feel the storms last winter at all. How grave she will walk about with it and fancy herself quite a little woman. that's likely enough. yes. nothing is known of the state of the air below the tops of the trees. you were saying that any accidental omission is supplied in a moment by Lady Denham's gardener. I have not the smallest doubt of our being a great deal better off where we are now. at a place where one has been happy." "Yes. "one loves to look at an old friend. that poor old Andrew may not lose his daily job . yes. I encouraged him to set up. you know. And as for the boys. and am afraid he does not do very well." still looking back. my dear love.but in fact to buy the chief of our consumption from the Stringers. or a large bonnet at Jebb's. So shady in summer!" "My dear. which will make her as proud as can be. in wishing our boys to be as hardy as possible."Oh dear. which do more mischief in a valley when they do arise than an open country ever experiences in the heaviest gale. you know. That is. and more than enough in the course of a very few years. there has not been time enough yet. Oh. I am sure we agree. We are quite as well off for gardenstuff as ever we were. and that old Stringer and his son have a higher claim. And you can get a parasol at Whitby's for little Mary at any time. When any vegetables or fruit happen to be wanted . Hillier after one of those dreadful nights. simply rages and passes on. But you know." 25 . just to have a nominal supply. I must say I would rather them run about in the sunshine than not. And I will get Mary a little parasol. as to gardenstuff.and it will not be amiss to have them often wanted. and the inhabitants may be taken totally unawares by one of those dreadful currents. meeting with nothing to oppose or confine it around our house." "Yes indeed. But it occurs to me that we ought to go elsewhere upon such occasions.

He pretends to laugh at my improvements. many a pretty daughter might it secure us to the prejudice of Eastbourne and Hastings. but it was a most valuable proof of the increasing fashion of the place altogether. many a careful mother. Miss Heywood. There . And cook will be satisfied. What is it your brother Sidney says about its being a hospital?" "Oh. and formed at its mouth a third habitable division in a small cluster of fishermen's houses. excepting one family of children who came from London for sea air after the whooping cough. He is here and there and everywhere. as Mr." They were now approaching the church and neat village of old Sanditon. Sidney says anything. which stood at the foot of the hill they were afterwards to ascend . I believe. He pretends to advise me to make a hospital of it.a hill whose side was covered with the woods and enclosures of Sanditon House and whose height ended in an open down where the new buildings might soon be looked for. the sound of a harp might be heard through the upper casement. for she is always complaining of old Andrew now and says he never brings her what she wants. Most families have such a member among them. that can be easily done. my love. The original village contained little more than cottages. for considering it as too remote from the beach. in the little green court of an old farm house. and farther on. Mary. At the same time last year (late in July) there had not been a single lodger in the village! Nor did he remember any during the whole summer. In ours. and in turning the corner of the baker's shop. he had done nothing there. it is Sidney. and whose mother would not let them be nearer the shore for fear of their tumbling in. merely a joke of his. You and I. and two or three of the best of them were smartened up with a white curtain and "Lodgings to Let". with his neat equipage and fashionable air. my dear Mary. If the village could attract. know what effect it might have. He lives too much in the world to be settled. And it would be a fine thing for the place! Such a young man as Sidney. which will be a great comfort. He anticipated an amazing season. of and to us all. Not that he had any personal concern in the success of the village itself. Parker. who is a very clever young man and with great powers of pleasing."Very well. you know. He has always said what he chose. There is someone in most families privileged by superior abilities or spirits to say anything.now the old house is quite left behind. I should like to have you acquainted with him. winding more obliquely towards the sea. that is his only fault. Parker observed with delight to Charlotte. 26 . Such sights and sounds were highly blissful to Mr. gave a passage to an inconsiderable stream. the hill might be nearly full. two females in elegant white were actually to be seen with their books and camp stools. Many a respectable family. I wish we may get him to Sanditon. but the spirit of the day had been caught. A branch only of the valley.

and nankin boots! 18 Who would have expected such a sight at a shoemaker's in old Sanditon! This is new within the month. Here began the descent to the beach and to the bathing machines. Parker with the eager eye which hoped to see scarcely any empty houses. a Bellevue Cottage and a Denham Place were to be looked at by Charlotte with the calmness of amused curiosity. standing in a small lawn with a very young plantation round it. Glorious indeed! Well. found amusement enough in standing at her ample Venetian window and looking over the 18 19 Cotton-upper boots. It was the last building of former days in that line of the parish. elegant building. Trafalgar House. roll down to the shore. He had fancied it just the time of day for them to be all returning from their airings to dinner. aspiring to be the Mall of the place. delighted. my dear Mary. look at William Heeley's windows. and the tide must be flowing . rising at a little distance behind the Terrace. and all was happiness and joy between Papa and Mama and their children. nankin boots were a fashion accessory rather than a practical piece of clothing. and everywhere out of his house at once. our health-breathing hill. and by Mr. excepting one short row of smart-looking houses called the Terrace. about a hundred yards from the brow of a steep but not very lofty cliff. they passed the lodge gates of Sanditon House and saw the top of the house itself among its groves. a Prospect House. There was no blue shoe when we passed this way a month ago. and a smaller show of company on the hill . and exit into the water without being exposed to the general public. Now. Designed to protect modesty in an age of single-sex bathing. the travelers were safely set down. fewer walkers. In this row were the best milliner's shop and the library a little detached from it.about half-tide now."Civilization. 27 . like blue shoes. having received possession of her apartment.fewer carriages. on the most elevated spot on the down. A little higher up. at his own house. and in crossing the down." In ascending. the hotel and billiard room. Blue shoes. Parker. the cliffs. bathing machines were small wheeled shacks that allowed the bather to change clothes. while Charlotte. for our hill. the modern began. "Look. was a light. 19 And this was therefore the favorite spot for beauty and fashion. with a broad walk in front. civilization indeed!" cried Mr. but the sands and the Terrace always attracted some. and the nearest to it of every building. He longed to be on the sands. His spirits rose with the very sight of the sea and he could almost feel his ankle getting stronger already. I think I have done something in my day. At Trafalgar House. More bills at the windows than he had calculated on.

28 . dancing and sparkling in sunshine and freshness.miscellaneous foreground of unfinished buildings. to the sea. waving linen and tops of houses.

Parker was looking over letters. you know. who lives with them and who is not much above twenty." Having run his eye over the letter. Sidney laughs at him. a very indifferent account. And at the same time. Seriously. if he were here. They never fail me. though Sidney often makes me laugh at them all in spite of myself. But it really is not so . Women are the only correspondents to be depended on. as you have heard us say frequently. Diana or Arthur would appear by this letter to have been at the point of death within the last month. Miss Heywood. what shall we guess as to the state of health of those it comes from . and are subject to a variety of very serious disorders. Mary. friendly. "before I open it. he shook his head and began. He is so delicate that he can engage in no profession. But it really is no joke. But here is a letter from one of my sisters. have an extraordinary appearance. I trust it may. But perhaps it implies that he is coming himself. they are such excellent useful women and have so much energy of character that where any good is to be done. Miss Heywood. "Not a line from Sidney!" said he. he will have it there is a good deal of imagination in my two sisters' complaints. And I can have no scruple on Diana's account. the most active. Now.or rather what would Sidney say if he were here? Sidney is a saucy fellow. Mr.Chapter 5 WHEN THEY MET before dinner. and therefore must give a good impression. Now. I sent him an account of my accident from Willingden and thought he would have vouchsafed me an answer. And our youngest brother. They have wretched health. I know he would be offering odds that either Susan. to those who do not thoroughly know them. I do not believe they know what a day's health is. for her letters show her exactly as she is.or very little. "No chance of seeing them at Sanditon I am sorry to say. I am sorry to say is almost as great an invalid as themselves. And you must know. A very indifferent account of them indeed. if you will give me leave. you will be quite sorry to hear how ill they have been and are. They have only weaker constitutions and stronger minds than are often met with. warm-hearted being in existence. But there is really no affectation about them." He read: 29 . either separate or together. I like to have my friends acquainted with each other and I am afraid this is the only sort of acquaintance I shall have the means of accomplishing between you. I will read Diana's letter aloud." smiling at his wife. Indeed. they force themselves on exertions which. "He is an idle fellow. Mary.

and six leeches a day for ten days together relieved her so little that we thought it right to change our measures. but by the immediate use of friction alone steadily persevered in (and I rubbed his ankle with my own hand for six hours without intermission) he was well in three days. friction by the hand alone. I persuaded her to attack the disorder there. But in truth. and being convinced on examination that much of the evil lay in her gum. I should have been with you at all hazards the day after the receipt of your letter. She can only speak in a whisper and fainted away twice this morning on poor Arthur's trying to suppress a cough. But how were you treated? Send me more particulars in your next. and if you had not described yourself as fallen into such very good hands. we are doing our utmost to send you company worth having and think we may safely 30 . and have no doubt of succeeding. and though we cannot contribute to your beau monde in person. I grieve to say that I dare not attempt it but my feelings tell me too plainly that. She has been suffering much from the headache. Most sincerely do we wish you a good season at Sanditon. Sheldon when her coachman sprained his foot as he was cleaning the carriage and could hardly limp into the house. for had you the most experienced man in his line settled at Sanditon. I could soon put the necessary irons in the fire. We have consulted physician after physician in vain. nothing would have been so judicious as friction. the sea air would probably be the death of me. and hardly able to crawl from my bed to the sofa. Two years ago I happened to be calling on Mrs. We were all much grieved at your accident. though it found me suffering under a more severe attack than usual of my old grievance. as you denominate it."My dear Tom. but conclude his scheme to the Isle of Wight has not taken place or we should have seen him in his way. supposing it could be applied instantly. until we are quite convinced that they can do nothing for us and that we must trust to our own knowledge of our own wretched constitutions for any relief. it is quite an impossibility. it would be no recommendation to us. And neither of my dear companions will leave me or I would promote their going down to you for a fortnight. As for getting to Sanditon myself. and is decidedly better. I have heard nothing of Sidney since your being together in town. spasmodic bile. is tolerably well though more languid than I like and I fear for his liver. for the kindness with respect to us. We have entirely done with the whole medical tribe. I am happy to say. I will undertake the commission with pleasure. He. in my present state. If indeed a simple sprain. my dear Tom. She has accordingly had three teeth drawn. which had so large a share in bringing on your accident. I doubt whether Susan's nerves would be equal to the effort. but her nerves are a good deal deranged. But pray never run into peril again in looking for an apothecary on our account. But if you think it advisable for the interest of the place to get a medical man there. Many thanks.

And so do you. I grant you. on the interest of his own little fortune. the other for No. I feel that in any illness I should be so anxious for professional advice. I know you think it a great pity they should give him such a turn for being ill. Yours most affectionately . you know. "I do think the Miss Parkers carry it too far sometimes.one for Prospect House probably. you perceive how much they are occupied in promoting the good of others! So anxious for Sanditon! Two large families . well. but their measures seem to touch on extremes." "And I am sure they must be very extraordinary ones.frightful! Your sister Diana seems almost as ill as possible. Miss Heywood. it is unfortunate for poor Arthur that at his time of life he should be encouraged to give way to indisposition.and especially Arthur." "Well.reckon on securing you two large families. without any idea of attempting to 31 ." said Mrs. the other a most respectable girls' boarding school. With all their sufferings. or academy.wheels within wheels." "Oh. so very little venturesome for myself or anybody I loved! But then. my love. Parker." "Why to own the truth. they are so used to the operation . Three teeth drawn at once . It is bad that he should be fancying himself too sickly for any profession and sit down at one and twenty. "Though I dare say Sidney might find something extremely entertaining in this letter and make us laugh for half an hour together. One a rich West Indian from Surrey. But success more than repays. I told you my sisters were excellent women.and have such fortitude!" "Your sisters know what they are about.to every operation ." said Charlotte. with extra beds at the hotel. "I am astonished at the cheerful style of the letter. considering the state in which both sisters appear to be. 2 Denham Place or the end house of the Terrace. from Camberwell." said Mr. as he finished. my dear Mary. You often think they would be better if they would leave themselves more alone . I will not tell you how many people I have employed in the business . I declare I by myself can see nothing in it but what is either very pitiable or very creditable. I dare say.etcetera. Parker. we have been so healthy a family that I can be no judge of what the habit of self-doctoring may do. but those three teeth of your sister Susan's are more distressing than all the rest." "Well.

improve it or of engaging in any occupation that may be of use to himself or others.Morgan with his 'Dinner on table'. But let us talk of pleasanter things. But here is something at hand pleasanter still . These two large families are just what we wanted." 32 .

Miss E. who was forced to move early and walk for health. with all her glossy curls and smart trinkets. having added her name to the list as the first offering to the success of the season. The list of subscribers was but commonplace. And besides. 20 Mr. The shops were deserted. and Charlotte was glad to see as much and as quickly as possible where all was new. however. Grays Inn. and they were fully occupied in their various civilities and communications. Parker could not be satisfied without an early visit to the library and the library subscription book. When an elder daughter married. Miss Mathews. reading one of her own novels for want of employment. 20 33 . The Lady Denham. the eldest daughter is formally "Miss (Last Name)". Brown. unmarried). Mr. Miss H. as the oldest "at home" (i.e. It was emptiness and tranquility on the Terrace. For example. They were out in the very quietest part of a watering-place day. Parker. Miss Fisher. Dr. The straw hats and pendant lace seemed left to their fate both within the house and without. but in general. Mr. were followed by nothing better than: Mrs. Miss Scroggs. Parker could not but feel that the list was not only without distinction but less numerous than he had hoped. Here and there might be seen a solitary elderly man. and Mrs.N. the two Parker sisters would be introduced as "Miss Parker and Miss Diana Parker". while each of the subsequent daughters is introduced by her first and last name. was busy in some immediate purchases for the further good of everybody as soon as Miss Whitby could be hurried down from her toilette. Jane Fisher. Lieutenant Smith R. whose names might be said to lead off the season. Hanking. Miss Brereton. the cliffs and the sands. whose manners recommended him to everybody. Captain Little . Beard . Whitby at the library was sitting in her inner room. Whitby came forward without delay from her literary recess. So although Charlotte Heywood may not be the oldest Heywood daughter. and August and September were the months. Reverend Mr.Limehouse. and Mrs. Mathews. Parker. It was but July. to wait on her.Solicitor. Richard Pratt. it was a thorough pause of company. Mr.. when the important business of dinner or of sitting after dinner was going on in almost every inhabited lodging. Mrs.Chapter 6 THE PARTY were very soon moving after dinner. and Mrs. Davis and Miss Merryweather. Mr. Mrs. Mathews. Mrs. The social rank of unmarried daughters in this era proceeded in descending order of age. delighted to see Mr. while Charlotte. Sir Edward Denham and Miss Denham. Mathews. the promised large families from Surrey and Camberwell were an ever-ready consolation. she is referred to as "Miss Heywood". the rest of the daughters moved up in the order.

the Regency-era library also sold gift-shop items and tickets to social events (Drabble. it happened to be a volume of Camilla. and talked of going home again directly. My early hours are not to put my neighbors to inconvenience. as of a person who valued herself on being free-spoken. We came out with no other thought. and though her manner was rather downright and abrupt.a civility and readiness to be acquainted with Charlotte herself and a heartiness of welcome towards her old friends . with a shrewd eye and self-satisfied air but not an unagreeable countenance. so she turned from the drawers of rings and brooches. afforded everything: all the useless things in the world that could not be done without 21. Frances Burney’s Camilla (1796) was a popular romantic novel of the era. and among so many pretty temptations. and though Lady Denham was a great deal too active to regard the walk of a mile as anything requiring rest. no. She took up a book. and with so much good will for Mr. She observed them well. as they entered. They had been to Trafalgar House and been directed thence to the library.and that it would not do for her to be spending all her money the very first evening. Parker to encourage expenditure. And In addition to circulating books. Miss Clara and I will get back to our own tea. 21 22 34 . I know you like your tea late. but as they quitted the library they were met by two ladies whose arrival made an alteration necessary: Lady Denham and Miss Brereton." said her Ladyship.The library. and therefore the stroll on the cliff gave way to an immediate return home. No. "No.which was inspiring the good will she seemed to feel. there was a good humor and cordiality about her . Lady Denham was of middle height. We wanted just to see you and make sure of your being really come . Charlotte was fully consoled for the loss of her walk by finding herself in company with those whom the conversation of the morning had given her a great curiosity to see. to bring tea directly. Parker's orders to the servant. repressed further solicitation and paid for what she had bought. upright and alert in her motions. the Parkers knew that to be pressed into their house and obliged to take her tea with them would suit her best. they were then to take a turn on the cliff. "Notes" 219). For her particular gratification. Charlotte began to feel that she must check herself .but we get back to our own tea. its improbably unlucky heroine is seventeen years old at the end of the book. stout. 22 She had not Camilla's youth. no. and had no intention of having her distress. of course.or rather she reflected that at two and twenty there could be no excuse for her doing otherwise . "I will not have you hurry your tea on my account." She went on however towards Trafalgar House and took possession of the drawing room very quietly without seeming to hear a word of Mrs.

more fears of loss. Perhaps it might be partly owing to her having just issued from a circulating library but she could not separate the idea of a complete heroine from Clara Brereton. than her coadjutor. according to Drabble. 23 During this period. a sweetly modest and yet naturally graceful address.as for Miss Brereton. No. but not at all unreasonably influenced by them. Miss Diana Parker's two large families were not forgotten." observed Mr. Elegantly tall. On one side it seemed protecting kindness. on the other grateful and affectionate respect. the term "West Indian" could refer to both the indigenous population and the European settlers. 35 . That will bring money. Whitby's shelves. The conversation turned entirely upon Sanditon. That sounds well." said her Ladyship. Charlotte could see in her only the most perfect representation of whatever heroine might be most beautiful and bewitching in all the numerous volumes they had left behind on Mrs. She wanted to have the place fill faster and seemed to have many harassing apprehensions of the lodgings being in some instances underlet. regularly handsome. sufficiently well-read in novels to supply her imagination with amusement. "A West Indian family and a school. especially in the form of the most barbarous conduct on Lady Denham's side. These feelings were not the result of any spirit of romance in Charlotte herself. "Very good. very good." "No people spend more freely. Such poverty and dependence joined to such beauty and merit seemed to leave no choice in the business. It was evident that Lady Denham had more anxiety. with great delicacy of complexion and soft blue eyes. She could see nothing worse in Lady Denham than the sort of old-fashioned formality of always calling her Miss Clara. nor anything objectionable in the degree of observance and attention which Clara paid. Her situation with Lady Denham was so very much in favor of it! She seemed placed with her on purpose to be ill-used. her appearance so completely justified Mr. she was a very sober-minded young lady. I believe. Parker. Parker's praise that Charlotte thought she had never beheld a more lovely or more interesting young woman. and while she pleased herself the first five minutes with fancying the persecution which ought to be the lot of the interesting Clara. she found no reluctance to admit from subsequent observation that they appeared to be on very comfortable terms. its present number of visitants and the chances of a good season. the group is "clearly" referring to a wealthy settler family ("Notes" 220). than West Indians 23.

and I have two milch asses at this present time. Yes. They'll stay their six weeks. our rents must be insecure." Poor Mr. and the other is a boarding school. is it? No harm in that. And I shall keep it down as long as I can. Our butchers and bakers and traders in general cannot get rich without bringing prosperity to us. though you may not happen to have quite such a servants' hall to feed as I have. It is not for my own pleasure. what should we do with a doctor here? It would be only encouraging our servants and the poor to fancy themselves ill if there was a doctor at hand. There is the sea and the downs and my milch asses. my dear. but upon my word. And out of such a number. I should never keep up Sanditon House as I do. to your old country families. Going after a doctor! Why. we shall not much thank them. I hope they will have a good sharp governess to look after them." "My dear Madam. they can only raise the price of consumable articles by such an extraordinary demand for them and such a diffusion of money among us as must do us more good than harm. Parker. and in proportion to their profit must be ours eventually in the increased value of our houses."Aye. Well." "Oh! Well. Whitby that if 36 . maybe. yes. Parker got no more credit from Lady Denham than he had from his sisters for the object which had taken him to Willingden. they who scatter their money so freely never think of whether they may not be doing mischief by raising the price of things. depend upon it. so I have heard. I see." she cried. "Lord! My dear sir. But perhaps the little misses may hurt the furniture. a French boarding school. And I do believe those are best off that have fewest servants. that young lady smiles. If they do not gain. Parker. But I should not like to have butcher's meat raised. Mr. And I have told Mrs. We go on very well as we are. you deserved it. And if they come among us to raise the price of our necessaries of life. and if it was not for what I owe to poor Mr. who knows but some may be consumptive and want asses' milk. Oh! Pray. Mr. let us have none of the tribe at Sanditon. I dare say she thinks me an odd sort of creature. but she will come to care about such matters herself in time. and because they have full purses fancy themselves equal. And I have heard that's very much the case with your West Indians. you will be thinking of the price of butcher's meat in time. "How could you think of such a thing? I am very sorry you met with your accident. Hollis's memory. though. Aye. I am not a woman of parade as all the world knows. But then.

" The tea things were brought in. And I verily believe if my poor dear Sir Harry had never seen one neither. Parker. they may be supplied at a fair rate . I believe Miss Clara and I must stay. my dear Mrs. Ten fees.poor Mr.and never saw the face of a doctor in all my life on my own account. A chamber-horse can be seen in action at http://www. did the man take who sent him out of the world. Hollis's chamber-horse. as good as new . one after another. Parker.com/video/wooden-bygones# (1:14). 24 37 . no doctors here. But since you are so very neighborly. "Oh.britishpathe. he would have been alive now. you should not indeed . I beseech you Mr.why would you do so? I was just upon the point of wishing you good evening.and what can people want for more? Here have I lived seventy good years in the world and never took physic above twice .anybody inquires for a chamber-horse24. resembling a regular chair with its seat replaced by a sideways accordion for bouncing." The chamber-horse was an early exercise machine. somewhat like an exercise ball.

38 . two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse. cured her of her half-hour's fever.and she soon perceived that he had a fine countenance. not merely for moving. She liked him. and there was instantly a slight change in Sir Edward's countenance . but cold and reserved.and very much to Charlotte. At last.with an anxious glance after them as they proceeded . when Sir Edward was gone. a most pleasing gentleness of voice and a great deal of conversation. If there are young ladies in the world at her time of life more dull of fancy and more careless of pleasing. the single horse carriage would be an embarrassing reminder of her relative poverty. by whom he chanced to be placed . of how agreeable he had 25 A gig is a small. she thought him agreeable and did not quarrel with the suspicion of his finding her equally so.certainly handsome.Chapter 7 THE POPULARITY of the Parkers brought them some visitors the very next morning. Sober-minded as she was. and who was immediately gnawed by the want of a handsomer equipage than the simple gig 25 in which they travelled. Charlotte was glad to complete her knowledge of the family by an introduction to them. For a lady of Miss Denham's class. and placed her in a more capable state of judging. the better half at least (for while single. which altogether gave a hasty turn to Charlotte's fancy. Parker in the drawing room in time to see them all. giving the idea of one who felt her consequence with pride and her poverty with discontent. Sir Edward Denham and his sister who having been at Sanditon House. Sir Edward was much her superior in air and manner . Charlotte was settled with Mrs. I know them not and never wish to know them. He came into the room remarkably well. Charlotte and Sir Edward as they sat could not but observe Lady Denham and Miss Brereton walking by. and persisting in his station and his discourse. the gentleman may sometimes be thought the better half of the pair) not unworthy of notice. and the duty of letter writing being accomplished. talked much . drove on to pay their compliments. and which their groom was leading about still in her sight. Miss Denham was a fine young woman. and found them.followed by an early proposal to his sister. but yet more to be remarked for his very good address and wish of paying attention and giving pleasure. among them. The Denhams were the only ones to excite particular attention. which would arise from his evidently disregarding his sister's motion to go. but for walking on together to the Terrace. from the low French windows of the drawing room which commanded the road and all the paths across the down. I make no apologies for my heroine's vanity.

Miss Denham's character was pretty well decided with Charlotte. its direful deceptions. and ran with energy through all the usual phrases employed in praise of their sublimity and descriptive of the indescribable emotions they excite in the mind of sensibility. There could be no doubt of his devotion to Clara. but she was inclined to think not very favorably. its mariners tempting it in sunshine and overwhelmed by the sudden tempest . "Perhaps there was a good deal in his air and address. for though sitting thus apart with him (which probably she might not have been able to prevent) her air was calm and grave. The Terrace was the attraction to all. That 39 . and there. until he began to stagger her by the number of his quotations and the bewilderment of some of his sentences. they found the united Denham party. Charlotte's first glance told her that Sir Edward's air was that of a lover. in a tone of great taste and feeling. He began. The terrific grandeur of the ocean in a storm. but though united in the gross. just as satire or morality might prevail. its glass surface in a calm. How Clara received it was less obvious. was very striking . he seemed to mean to detach her as much as possible from the rest of the party and to give her the whole of his conversation. its quick vicissitudes. Sir Edward's required longer observation. seated on one of the two green benches by the gravel walk. to talk of the sea and the seashore. and she could not but think him a man of feeling. to Miss Denham at Lady Denham's elbow. Stationing himself close by her.actually been. when their house was cleared of morning visitors.all were eagerly and fluently touched. The difference in Miss Denham's countenance. and Sir Edward and Miss Brereton at the other. very distinctly divided again: the two superior ladies being at one end of the bench." She was very soon in his company again. "Scott's beautiful lines on the sea? Oh! What a description they convey! They are never out of my thoughts when I walk here. rather commonplace perhaps.and very amusing or very melancholy. the change from Miss Denham sitting in cold grandeur in Mrs. Parker's drawing room. and his title did him no harm. That the young lady at the other end of the bench was doing penance was indubitable. listening and talking with smiling attention or solicitous eagerness. but doing very well from the lips of a handsome Sir Edward. to be kept from silence by the efforts of others. "Do you remember. He surprised her by quitting Clara immediately on their all joining and agreeing to walk." said he. Everybody who walked must begin with the Terrace. its gulls and its samphire and the deep fathoms of its abysses. and by addressing his attentions entirely to herself. The first object of the Parkers. was to get out themselves.

that unequalled.'Oh. in either of Scott's poems. Miss Heywood.28 Can you conceive anything more subduing. Tender. more melting. Woman in our hours of ease' . his spirit truly breathed the immortal incense which is her due. it was Burns. of Burns’ lines to his Mary? Oh! There is pathos to madden one! 27 If ever there was a man who felt. If Scott has a fault.I confess my sense of his preeminence. it is the want of passion." "What description do you mean?" said Charlotte. Miss Heywood. Sir Edward quotes from "Marmion" (1808) and "The Lady of the Lake" (1810). Woman in our hours of ease Delicious! Delicious! Had he written nothing more. who died in October 1786. "Montgomery". descriptive . William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Thomas Campbell (1777-1844). unrivalled address to parental affection Some feelings are to mortals given With less of earth in them than heaven. But you cannot have forgotten his description of woman — Oh." "Do you not indeed? Nor can I exactly recall the beginning at this moment. 26 But while we are on the subject of poetry. Montgomery has all the fire of poetry. "Wordsworth" and "Campbell" probably refer to James Montgomery (1771-1854). And then again. Sometimes indeed a flash of feeling seems to irradiate him. he would have been immortal.man who can read them unmoved must have the nerves of an assassin! Heaven defend me from meeting such a man unarmed.but tame. more fraught with the deep sublime than that line? But Burns . few and far between. 40 . as in the lines we were speaking of . elegant." 26 27 28 Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was at this point more famous for his poetry than his novels. The man who cannot do justice to the attributes of woman is my contempt. etcetera. Given that the subject is emotive poets of the era.but Burns is always on fire. Campbell in his pleasures of hope has touched the extreme of our sensations Like angels' visits. several months after the start of their affair. His soul was the altar in which lovely woman sat enshrined. what think you. of the sea. "I remember none at this moment. Wordsworth has the true soul of it. Robert Burns (1759-1796) dedicated several poems to his lover and probable troth-plight Mary Campbell.

she had learnt to understand. and poor Burns' known irregularities greatly interrupt my enjoyment of his lines. "I really know nothing of the matter. The wind. not including Mary Campbell who is believed to have been pregnant with his child at her death. in an anxious glance or two on his side. and Charlotte listened." exclaimed Sir Edward in an ecstasy. and talked a good deal by rote. She had read it. and they united their agreeableness. but why he should talk so much nonsense. like a true great lady.but if Charlotte understood it at all.but who is perfect? It were hypercriticism. it were pseudo-philosophy to expect from the soul of high-toned genius the grovelings of a common mind. nor can you." speaking with an air of deep sentiment. happy wind. I fancy. I have not faith in the sincerity of the affections of a man of his description. The future might explain him further." "Happy. But when there was a proposition for going into the library. His choosing to walk with her. The coruscations of talent."I have read several of Burns' poems with great delight. "nor can any woman be a fair judge of what a man may be propelled to say. are perhaps incompatible with some of the prosaic decencies of life. no. 41 . and very much addicted to all the newest-fashioned hard words." 29 "Oh! No. This is a charming day. to engage Miss Heywood's thoughts!" She began to think him downright silly. The others all left them. I have difficulty in depending on the truth of his feelings as a lover. that is. she gravely answered. "He was all ardor and truth! His genius and his susceptibilities might lead him into some aberrations . unless he could do no better. talked and talked only of her own concerns. and being moreover by no means pleased with his extraordinary style of compliment. write or do by the sovereign impulses of illimitable ardor. He seemed very sentimental. It was done to pique Miss Brereton. had not a very clear brain. Sir Edward with looks of very gallant despair in tearing himself away. "But I am not poetic enough to separate a man's poetry entirely from his character. elicited by impassioned feeling in the breast of man. not very moral." This was very fine . 29 Between 1785-1796." said Charlotte as soon as she had time to speak. was unintelligible. Lady Denham. must be southerly. Robert Burns had 12 children by three women. loveliest Miss Heywood. very full of some feeling or other. she presumed. He felt and he wrote and he forgot. she felt that she had had quite enough of Sir Edward for one morning and very gladly accepted Lady Denham's invitation of remaining on the Terrace with her.

I am not very easily taken in. but it need not have been binding if I had not chose it. and we must not find fault with the dead. I gave Sir Edward his gold watch."Sir Edward and Miss Denham?" "Yes. my dear. And poor young man. and it is not the only kind thing I have done by him. from Monday to Monday. my dear. Taking hold of Charlotte's arm with the ease of one who felt that any notice from her was an honor. with a bit of a sigh.amused in considering the contrast between her two companions. and seeing no rapturous astonishment in Charlotte's countenance. as I call them sometimes. For they are very good young people. but I saw what she was about. But I shan't. No. She has been trying to get round me every way with her praise of this and her praise of that." "Very kind indeed! Very handsome!" said Charlotte. my dear. Certainly there was no strain of doubtful sentiment nor any phrase of difficult interpretation in Lady Denham's discourse. my dear. and he is the heir. she immediately said in a tone of great satisfaction and with a look of arch sagacity. But. quite the gentleman of ancient family. and that but once. he is gone. as I did last summer. Nobody could live happier together than us . my dear. I do not think I was ever overreached in my life. I had them with me last summer. My young folks. for a week. I would not have you think that I only notice them for poor dear Sir Harry's sake. he needs it bad enough. He only told me. things do not stand 42 . I am not the woman to help anybody blindfold." She said this with a look at her companion which implied its right to produce a great impression. for I take them very much by the hand. my dear. between ourselves. they are very deserving themselves or. And that is a good deal for a woman to say that has been married twice. and communicative from the influence of the same conscious importance or a natural love of talking. For though I am only the dowager. added quickly. "He did not bequeath it to his nephew. and very delighted and thankful they were. they would not be so much in my company. Poor dear Sir Harry.and he was a very honorable man." Charlotte could think of nothing more harmless to be said than the simple inquiry of . "Yes. It was no bequest. It was not in the will. about this time. thought at first to have got more. trust me. absolutely forced to affect admiration. I always take care to know what I am about and who I have to deal with before I stir a finger. I saw through it all. that he should wish his nephew to have his watch. I have been a very liberal friend to Sir Edward. no. And when he died. "Miss Esther wants me to invite her and her brother to spend a week with me at Sanditon House.

"And if we could but get a young heiress to Sanditon! But heiresses are monstrous scarce! I do not think we have had an heiress here. Now if we could get a young heiress to be sent here for her health . between ourselves. 30 And what good can such people do anybody? Except just as they take our empty houses and. "with such personal advantages may be almost sure of getting a woman of fortune." "And Miss Esther must marry somebody of fortune too. "Yes. None of these people would be part of the landholding class. that's very sensibly said." "Sir Edward Denham. Families come after families but. or lawyers from town.and." said Charlotte. but Charlotte directly saw that it was laying her open to suspicion by Lady Denham's giving a shrewd glance at her and replying. believe me." after a short pause. since Sanditon has been a public place. Clergymen maybe. but he knows he must marry for money. A handsome young fellow like him will go smirking and smiling about and paying girls compliments. It is I that help him. Matters are altered with me A half-pay officer is one who is retired or not in active service. yes. he is very well to look at. Sir Edward has no payments to make me. And it is to be hoped that some lady of large fortune will think so. if he chooses it." cried Lady Denham. "Aye my dear. He don't stand uppermost. Not a shilling do I receive from the Denham estate. I think they are great fools for not staying at home. And Sir Edward is a very steady young man in the main and has got very good notions. she will find herself mistaken. but no property. or even a co-." "Indeed! He is a very fine young man. it is not one in a hundred of them that have any real property. or half-pay officers. have her fall in love with Sir Edward!" "That would be very fortunate indeed. particularly elegant in his address. 30 43 . as soon as she got well. as far as I can learn. She must get a rich husband.and if she was ordered to drink asses' milk I could supply her . An income perhaps. landed or funded. He and I often talk that matter over. young ladies that have no money are very much to be pitied! But.between us in the way they commonly do between those two parties." This was said chiefly for the sake of saying something." This glorious sentiment seemed quite to remove suspicion. "if Miss Esther thinks to talk me into inviting them to come and stay at Sanditon House. or widows with only a jointure. A jointure is the legal provision made for a wife after her husband’s death. Ah. for Sir Edward must marry for money.

His judgment is evidently not to be trusted. I shall advise them to come and take one of these lodgings for a fortnight. He is too kind-hearted to see clearly. but either of the two others are nice little snug houses. I have Miss Clara with me now which makes a great difference. "And besides all this. But she is very.but they are obliged to be mean in their servility to her. I must judge for myself.since last summer. "I have no fancy for having my house as full as a hotel. may be too large for them. the corner house.how far nature meant them to be respectable I cannot tell . And their very connection prejudices him. my dear. Numbers Three." Charlotte's feelings were divided between amusement and indignation. I can see no good in her. Four and Eight. No fewer than three lodging papers staring me in the face at this very moment. too. they would want higher wages.three on this very Terrace. the next time Miss Esther begins talking about the dampness of Denham Park and the good bathing always does her. I had not expected anything so bad. Eight. why don't they take lodgings? Here are a great many empty houses . And I am mean. you know. She kept her countenance and she kept a civil silence. Mr. with great glee. very fit for a young gentleman and his sister. he fancies she feels like him in others. am I to be filling my house to the prejudice of Sanditon? If people want to be by the sea. He has persuaded her to engage in the same speculation. but it was followed only by." For objections of this nature. in giving her my 44 . This poor Sir Edward and his sister . His own good nature misleads him. Poor Miss Brereton! And she makes everybody mean about her. my dear. you know. Don't you think that will be very fair? Charity begins at home. allowed her thoughts to form themselves into such a meditation as this: "She is thoroughly mean. but indignation had the larger and the increasing share. If they had hard places. She found it so impossible even to affect sympathy that she could say nothing. but without attempting to listen longer. And so. and because their object in that line is the same. Lady Denham soon added. very mean. They have Miss Clara's room to put to rights as well as my own every day. Charlotte was not prepared." She spoke this so seriously that Charlotte instantly saw in it the evidence of real penetration and prepared for some fuller remarks. I should not choose to have my two housemaids' time taken up all the morning in dusting out bedrooms. and only conscious that Lady Denham was still talking on in the same way. Parker spoke too mildly of her. She could not carry her forbearance farther.

Thus it is. when rich people are sordid." 45 .attention with the appearance of coinciding with her.

fair questioner. pervading hero of the story . In vain may we put them into a literary alembic. dare all. indomitable decision. such as show her in the sublimities of intense feeling. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt. But if you will describe the sort of novels of which you do approve." said Charlotte." 46 . said. our hearts are paralyzed." "Most willingly. Such are the works which I peruse with delight and. and Sir Edward. where we see the strong spark of woman's captivations elicit such fire in the soul of man as leads him . as they issued from the library. I dare say it will give me a clearer idea.Chapter 8 THE TWO LADIES continued walking together until rejoined by the others. with amelioration. And even when the event is mainly anti-prosperous to the high-toned machinations of the prime character .though at the risk of some aberration from the strict line of primitive obligations to hazard all. You understand me. unbounded views. who. I hope I may say. My sister wanted my counsel in the selection of some books. achieve all to obtain her. I am no indiscriminate novel reader. These are the novels which enlarge the primitive capabilities of the heart. I am sure?" "I am not quite certain that I do. approaching Charlotte.the potent." "If I understand you aright. You will never hear me advocating those puerile emanations which detail nothing but discordant principles incapable of amalgamation. "our taste in novels is not at all the same. were followed by a young Whitby running off with five volumes under his arm to Sir Edward's gig. and it cannot impugn the sense or be any dereliction of the character of the most anti-puerile man. "You may perceive what has been our occupation. It would be pseudo-philosophy to assert that we do not feel more enwrapped by the brilliancy of his career than by the tranquil and morbid virtues of any opposing character. We have many leisure hours and read a great deal.it leaves us full of generous emotions for him. illimitable ardor. They hold forth the most splendid portraitures of high conceptions. to be conversant with them. Our approbation of the latter is but eleemosynary. or those vapid tissues of ordinary occurrences from which no useful deductions can be drawn. The novels which I approve are such as display human nature with grandeur. we distill nothing which can add to science. such as exhibit the progress of strong passion from the first germ of incipient susceptibility to the utmost energies of reason half-dethroned.

he regarded it as his duty. With such personal advantages as he knew himself to possess. Sir Edward's great object in life was to be seductive. All three novels center on the abduction of a poor but virtuous young woman by a witty. had read more sentimental novels than agreed with him. and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). it would be unjust to say that he read nothing else or that his language was not formed on a more general knowledge of modern literature. it was Clara whom he meant to seduce. or any other young woman with any pretensions to beauty. Miss Denham being much too tired of them all to stay any longer. Though he owed many of his ideas to this sort of reading. 31 32 47 . It interested and inflamed him. To be generally gallant and assiduous about the fair. Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748). and mourned over its discomfitures with more tenderness. and formed his character. His fancy had been early caught by all the impassioned and most exceptionable parts of Richardson's. 32 The very name of Sir Edward. carried some degree of fascination with it. he was entitled (according to his own views of society) to approach with high compliment and rhapsody on the slightest acquaintance. he gathered only hard words and involved sentences from the style of our most approved writers. Robert Lovelace is the villain of Richardson’s book Clarissa. He felt that he was formed to be a dangerous man. the sagacity and the perseverance of the villain of the story out-weighed all his absurdities and all his atrocities with Sir Edward. tours and criticisms of the day. the graces. 31 And such authors as had since appeared to tread in Richardson's steps (so far as man's determined pursuit of woman in defiance of every opposition of feeling and convenience was concerned) had since occupied the greater part of his literary hours. The truth was that Sir Edward. With him such conduct was genius. upper-class rake.And here they were obliged to part. quite in the line of the Lovelaces. supposedly out of an uncontrollable passion. to make fine speeches to every pretty girl. And he was always more anxious for its success. whom circumstances had confined very much to one spot. he kidnaps. letters. With a perversity of judgment which must be attributed to his not having by nature a very strong head. Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) wrote three popular epistolary novels: Pamela: Or. and with the same ill-luck which made him derive only false principles from lessons of morality. and such talents as he did also give himself credit for. He read all the essays. But it was Clara alone on whom he had serious designs. and imprisons the heroine for months. and incentives to vice from the history of its overthrow. was but the inferior part of the character he had to play. fire and feeling. Virtue Rewarded (1740). Miss Heywood. the spirit. drugs. rapes. he thought. than could ever have been contemplated by the authors.

He had very early seen the necessity of the case. he must carry her off. and had now been long trying with cautious assiduity to make an impression on her heart and to undermine her principles. Already had he had many musings on the subject. Her situation in every way called for it. He knew his business. and he felt a strong curiosity to ascertain whether the neighborhood of Timbuktu might not afford some solitary house adapted for Clara's reception. A greater degree of discouragement indeed would not have affected Sir Edward. and prudence obliged him to prefer the quietest sort of ruin and disgrace for the object of his affections to the more renowned. Clara saw through him and had not the least intention of being seduced. lovely and dependent.Her seduction was quite determined on. If she could not be won by affection. he must naturally wish to strike out something new. He was armed against the highest pitch of disdain or aversion. to exceed those who had gone before him. she was young. If he were constrained so to act. But the expense (alas!) of measures in that masterly style was illsuited to his purse. 48 . She was his rival in Lady Denham's favor. but she bore with him patiently enough to confirm the sort of attachment which her personal charms had raised.

Parker into the hall to welcome the sister he had seen from the drawing room. a gentleman's carriage with post horses standing at the door of the hotel. just as she ascended from the sands to the Terrace." 33 The introduction of Diana as "Miss Diana Parker" indicates that she is the younger Parker sister. who had both gone home some time before. Morgan?" and Morgan's looks on seeing her were a moment's astonishment. Miss Diana Parker was about four and thirty. Charlotte was on the steps and had rung but the door was not open when the other crossed the lawn. but another moment brought Mr. There was a great deal of surprise but still more pleasure in seeing her. though with more decision and less mildness in her tone. of middling height and slender. she proceeded to Trafalgar House with as much alacrity as could remain after having contended for the last two hours with a very fine wind blowing directly on shore. and when the servant appeared.Chapter 9 ONE DAY. she resolved to hurry on and get into the house if possible before her. But the stranger's pace did not allow this to be accomplished. and Mrs. Parker. some respectable family determined on a long residence. and Charlotte was soon introduced to Miss Diana Parker. The ease of the lady. it might be hoped. How did she come? And with whom? And they were so glad to find her equal to the journey! And that she was to belong to them was taken as a matter of course. 49 . her "How do you do." "All three come! What! Susan and Arthur! Susan able to come too! This is better and better. her manners resembling her brother's in their ease and frankness. But she had not reached the little lawn when she saw a lady walking nimbly behind her at no great distance. 33 She began an account of herself without delay. they were just equally ready for entering the house. and convinced that it could be no acquaintance of her own. as very lately arrived and by the quantity of luggage being taken off bringing. Delighted to have such good news for Mr. Thanking them for their invitation but "that was quite out of the question for they were all three come and meant to get into lodgings and make some stay. with an agreeable face and a very animated eye. soon after Charlotte's arrival at Sanditon she had the pleasure of seeing. delicate-looking rather than sickly. Nothing could be kinder than her reception from both husband and wife.

Nothing else to be done. And when I left her she was directing the disposal of the luggage and helping old Sam uncord the trunks. You must have heard me mention Miss Capper. I knew Miss Heywood the moment I saw her before me on the down. But my dear Mary. had fixed on the coast of Sussex but was undecided as to the where. but there is so much wind that I did not think he could safely venture for I am sure there is lumbago hanging about him.and the attack was not very violent . wanted something private. I told you in my letter of the two considerable families I was hoping to secure for you. She had not a wink of sleep either the night before we set out or last night at Chichester. Griffiths herself. That's right. and as this is not so common with her as with me. Miss Heywood must have seen our carriage standing at the hotel. and wrote to ask the opinion of her friend Mrs. I have had a thousand fears for her. and not a link wanting. My dear Tom. how active and how kind you have been!" "The West Indians. Griffiths and her family." she continued. I know them only through others.so that we got her out of the carriage extremely well with only Mr." Here Mr. You shall hear all about it. She desired her best love with a thousand regrets at being so poor a creature that she could not come with me. Now. between us. Miss Capper is extremely intimate with a Mrs." "And how has Susan borne the journey? And how is Arthur? And why do we not see him here with you?" "Susan has borne it wonderfully. and so I helped him on with his great coat and sent him off to the Terrace to take us lodgings.nearly over by the time we reached your hotel . barely perceptible. I am so glad to see you walk so well. the West Indians and the seminary. Griffiths meant to go to the sea for her young peoples' benefit. who is on terms of constant correspondence with Mrs.I long to see them. prove to be a Mrs. now for the explanation of my being here. And as for poor Arthur. Cite unavoidable. the particular friend of my very particular friend Fanny Noyce. we are actually all come. "whom I look upon as the most desirable of the two. Let me feel your ankle. yes."Yes. you see. But she has kept up wonderfully . The play of your sinews a very little affected.no hysterics of consequence until we came within sight of poor old Sanditon . Parker drew his chair still nearer to his sister and took her hand again most affectionately as he answered. Darling. Well. 50 . he would not have been unwilling himself. as the best of the good. Mrs. "Yes. send for the children . Only a short chain. all right and clean. Woodcock's assistance.

Darling. my love." "Excellent! Excellent!" cried Mr. Fanny had feared your having no house large enough to receive such a family. But I seem to be spinning out my story to an endless length. There was but one thing for me to do. we were off yesterday morning at six.and very delicate health.under her care than on her own account or her daughters'. Arthur made no difficulties. but neither pleased me. and no means of ascertaining that she should have good accommodations on arriving there. Griffiths must be: as helpless and indolent as wealth and a hot climate are apt to make us. But two days ago . I had the pleasure of hearing soon afterwards by the same simple link of connection that Sanditon had been recommended by Mrs. Miss Capper happened to be staying with Mrs.except as to names. you are unequalled in serving your friends and doing good to all the world. The same thought had occurred to her. and she was particularly careful and scrupulous on all those matters more on account of a certain Miss Lambe. She wrote the same day to Fanny Noyce and mentioned it to her. Griffiths' letter arrived and was consulted on the question.Darling. One sees clearly enough by all this the sort of woman Mrs. I know nobody like you. Our plan was arranged immediately. Darling understood that Mrs. I hate to employ others when I am equal to act myself.and here we are." "Oh.yes. Miss Lambe has an immense fortune richer than all the rest . and that the West Indians were very much disposed to go thither.probably a niece . Darling when Mrs. This was the state of the case when I wrote to you. Well?" "The reason of this hesitation was her having no connections in the place. Mary. a young lady . Whitby to secure them a house. which have but lately transpired.I heard again from Fanny Noyce. Darling more doubtingly on the subject of Sanditon. What was to be done? I had a few moments' indecision. and now. I sounded Susan. and my conscience told me that this was an occasion which called for me. Parker. You see how it was all managed. all alive for us. But we are not born to equal energy. Am I clear? I would be anything rather than not clear. saying that she had heard from Miss Capper. what house do you design to engage for them? What is the size of their family?" 51 . perfectly. instantly took up her pen and forwarded the circumstance to me . perfectly. and Fanny. Griffiths had expressed herself in a letter to Mrs. left Chichester at the same hour today . is not she a wonderful creature? Well. I answered Fanny's letter by the same post and pressed for the recommendation of Sanditon. Here was a family of helpless invalids whom I might essentially serve. who by a letter from Mrs. the day before yesterday . "Diana. whether to offer to write to you or to Mrs.

and that but for a week certain. "have not the least idea. While I have been travelling with this object in view. and where some degree of strength of mind is given." said she. "because these are very great exertions. "Cannot you dine with us? Is not it possible to prevail on you to dine with us?" was then the cry. "No. The world is pretty much divided between the weak of mind and the strong."I do not at all know. my dear Tom. and I know what invalids both you and your sister are. I astonish you. "And when shall we see you again? And how can we be of use to you?" And Mr. My sister's complaints and mine are happily not often of a nature to threaten existence immediately. And as long as we can exert ourselves to be of use to others. I trust there are not three people in England who have so sad a right to that appellation! But my dear Miss Heywood. and it is the bounden duty of the capable to let no opportunity of being useful escape them. I shall go about my house-taking directly. we are sent into this world to be as extensively useful as possible. And that being absolutely negative. never heard any particulars." "Invalids indeed. upon no account in the world shall you stir a step on any business of mine. it is not a feeble body which will excuse us . They are more likely to want a second." said he. and after having noticed and caressed them all. "I dare say I do look surprised. she prepared to go. I am convinced that the body is the better for the refreshment the mind receives in doing its duty. I see by the position of your foot that you have used it too much already. it was.or incline us to excuse ourselves. Your ankle wants rest. Miss Heywood. I shall take only one. Our 52 . between those who can act and those who cannot." The words "unaccountable officiousness!" "activity run mad!" had just passed through Charlotte's mind. "I will come to you the moment I have dined. No." But this was immediately declined. Griffiths." replied his sister. "and we will go about together. Parker warmly offered his assistance in taking the house for Mrs. I have been perfectly well. I see by your looks that you are not used to such quick measures. however. but I am very sure that the largest house at Sanditon cannot be too large." The entrance of the children ended this little panegyric on her own disposition. but a civil answer was easy. You hardly know what to make of me.

indeed you should not. I have not much confidence in poor Arthur's skill for lodging-taking. I never eat for about a week after a journey. 53 . But I had a letter three days ago from my friend Mrs. That good woman . who has a relation lately settled at Clapham." 34 35 I.I do not know her name . I assure you. Mrs. he is only too much disposed for food.e. I know what your appetites are.dinner is not ordered until six. I got this man a hare from one of Sidney's friends. and he recommended Sanditon.not being so wealthy and independent as Mrs. and just at present I shall want nothing. and very soon. which have done wonders." cried his wife. Griffiths. Charles Dupuis managed it all. "for dinner is such a mere name with you all that it can do you no good." "I think you are doing too much. I cannot answer for it. Parker." "No. Have we a good chance of them?" "Oh. Charles Dupuis which assured me of Camberwell. and by that time I hope to have completed it. can travel and choose for herself. belles lettres was the written counterpart to "eloquence" and one of the key accomplishments of well-bred young ladies.Mrs. "The Camberwell seminary. I will tell you how I got at her. I had forgotten them for the moment. But as for Arthur. for we hope to get into some lodgings or other and be settled after breakfast tomorrow. Quite certain. Parker as he walked with her to the door of the house. but as soon as I get back I shall hear what Arthur has done about our own lodgings. 34 You should not move again after dinner. I have been taking some bitters of my own decocting." said Mr. Charles Dupuis lives almost next door to a lady. It is now only half past four. We are often obliged to check him. certain. The others will be at the hotel all the evening and delighted to see you at any time. who actually attends the seminary and gives lessons on eloquence and belles lettres 35 to some of the girls. " make yourself sick"." "My appetite is very much mended. lately. and probably the moment dinner is over shall be out again on business relative to them. Susan never eats. but he seemed to like the commission. "You will knock yourself up. Without my appearing however . Literally " beautiful writing"." "But you have not told me anything of the other family coming to Sanditon. I grant you. Camberwell will be here to a certainty. As to seeing me again today." said Mr.

be the death of her. but the sofa and the table and the establishment in general was all at the other end of the room by a brisk fire. intending to make some stay and without appearing to have the slightest recollection of having written or felt any such thing. Charlotte approached with a peculiar degree of respectful compassion. the love of distinction and the love of the wonderful.Chapter 10 IT WAS NOT A WEEK since Miss Diana Parker had been told by her feelings that the sea air would probably. though more thin and worn by illness and medicine. with an unfortunate turn for medicine. the sisters were perhaps driven to dissipate theirs in the invention of odd complaints. their brother and sister and herself were entreated to drink tea with them. They had charitable hearts and many amiable feelings. Parker spent a great part of the evening at the hotel. more relaxed in 54 . the rest of their sufferings was from fancy. part was laid out in a zeal for being useful. but though it had been a very fair English summer day. Miss Parker. They were in one of the Terrace houses. especially quack medicine. and Mrs. in fact. Disorders and recoveries so very much out of the common way seemed more like the amusement of eager minds in want of employment than of actual afflictions and relief. and while the eldest brother found vent for his superfluity of sensation as a projector. but Charlotte had only two or three views of Miss Diana posting over the down after a house for this lady whom she had never seen and who had never employed her. was not very unlike her sister in person or manner. remembering the three teeth drawn in one day. as well as in all they endured. The Parkers were no doubt a family of imagination and quick feelings. whom. being removed into lodgings and all the party continuing quite well. Some natural delicacy of constitution. Mr. had given them an early tendency at various times to various disorders. It would seem that they must either be very busy for the good of others or else extremely ill themselves. and now she was at Sanditon. but a spirit of restless activity and the glory of doing more than anybody else had their share in every exertion of benevolence. and there was vanity in all they did. The whole of their mental vivacity was evidently not so employed. and she found them arranged for the evening in a small neat drawing room with a beautiful view of the sea if they had chosen it. It was impossible for Charlotte not to suspect a good deal of fancy in such an extraordinary state of health. in her present state. not only was there no open window. She was not made acquainted with the others until the following day when.

but it was very generally agreed that 55 . broad-made and lusty. was astonished to find him quite as tall as his brother and a great deal stouter. by her own account. Griffiths. Griffiths herself. She had been on her feet the whole morning. Had there been a third carriage. on Mrs. and Mrs. for much fatigue. Charlotte could perceive no symptoms of illness which she. She had had considerable curiosity to see Mr. She talked. however. Susan had only superintended their final removal from the hotel. washerwomen and bathing women that Mrs. a joyful sight and full of speculation. and excepting that she sat with salts in her hand. had not once sat down during the space of seven hours.principal mover and actor. they could distinguish from their window that there was an arrival at the hotel. time not allowing for the circuitous train of intelligence which had been hitherto kept up. and Arthur had found the air so cold that he had merely walked from one house to the other as nimbly as he could. Griffiths' business or their own. Parker and Charlotte had seen two post chaises crossing the down to the hotel as they were setting off. and she was now regaling in the delight of opening the first trenches of an acquaintance with such a powerful discharge of unexpected obligation.air and more subdued in voice. Arthur Parker. materially the smallest of a not very robust family.by walking and talking down a thousand difficulties at last secured a proper house at eight guineas per week for Mrs. Griffiths would have little more to do on her arrival than to wave her hand and collect them around her for choice. and was still the most alert of the three. Could it be the Camberwell seminary? No. took drops two or three times from one out of several phials already at home on the mantelpiece and made a great many odd faces and contortions. opening the window and disposing of the drops and the salts by means of one or the other. The Miss Parkers and Arthur had also seen something. confessed herself a little tired. perhaps it might. Her concluding effort in the cause had been a few polite lines of information to Mrs. and boasted much of sitting by the fire until he had cooked up a very good one. Their visitors answered for two hack chaises. but not its amount. no. she had also opened so many treaties with cooks. however. delicate-looking young man. and with no other look of an invalid than a sodden complexion. bringing two heavy boxes herself. would not have undertaken to cure by putting out the fire. Diana. for not only had she . She had been too successful. the whole evening as incessantly as Diana. Mr. housemaids. in the boldness of her own good health. Diana was evidently the chief of the family . whose exercise had been too domestic to admit of calculation but who. and having fancied him a very puny.

It has always some property that is wholesome and invigorating to me. "as never to know whether the air is damp or dry. some powerful object of animation for him.two hack chaises36 could never contain a seminary." A "hack" or hired chaise is a carriage of any type that is hired for the journey rather than owned by the family. requiring in common politeness some attention. I am not afraid of anything so much as damp. "I am very fond of standing at an open window when there is no wind. I believe not. and while the other four were chiefly engaged together." "I like the air too. Parker was confident of another new family. Such was the influence of youth and bloom that he began even to make a sort of apology for having a fire." "You are quite in the right to doubt it as long as you possibly can. 36 56 . Charlotte's place was by Arthur. "but the sea air is always damp. who was sitting next to the fire with a degree of enjoyment which gave a good deal of merit to his civility in wishing her to take his chair. But. You are not rheumatic. I am sure. My sisters think me bilious. Mr. "We should not have had one at home. I have no idea that I am. observed with considerable pleasure." replied Arthur. as his brother." "I am so fortunate." "That's a great blessing." "I am very nervous. as well as anybody can." said Charlotte. who felt the decided want of some motive for action. unluckily. When they were all finally seated. Parker used in Chapter One was probably a hack chaise. a damp air does not like me. There was nothing dubious in her manner of declining it and he sat down again with much satisfaction." said he. But perhaps you are nervous?" "No. Arthur was heavy in eye as well as figure but by no means indisposed to talk. To say the truth. he evidently felt it no penance to have a fine young woman next to him. She drew back her chair to have all the advantage of his person as a screen and was very thankful for every inch of back and shoulders beyond her preconceived idea. and Mrs. given that the carriage was "not his master’s own". but I doubt it. It gives me the rheumatism. after some removals to look at the sea and the hotel. I suppose?" "Not at all. nerves are the worst part of my complaints in my opinion. The carriage that Mr.

"If I were bilious," he continued, "you know, wine would disagree with me, but it always does me good. The more wine I drink - in moderation - the better I am. I am always best of an evening. If you had seen me today before dinner, you would have thought me a very poor creature." Charlotte could believe it. She kept her countenance, however, and said, "As far as I can understand what nervous complaints are, I have a great idea of the efficacy of air and exercise for them - daily, regular exercise - and I should recommend rather more of it to you than I suspect you are in the habit of taking." "Oh, I am very fond of exercise myself," he replied, "and I mean to walk a great deal while I am here, if the weather is temperate. I shall be out every morning before breakfast and take several turns upon the Terrace, and you will often see me at Trafalgar House." "But you do not call a walk to Trafalgar House much exercise?" "Not as to mere distance, but the hill is so steep! Walking up that hill, in the middle of the day, would throw me into such a perspiration! You would see me all in a bath by the time I got there! I am very subject to perspiration, and there cannot be a surer sign of nervousness." They were now advancing so deep in physics that Charlotte viewed the entrance of the servant with the tea things as a very fortunate interruption. It produced a great and immediate change. The young man's attentions were instantly lost. He took his own cocoa from the tray, which seemed provided with almost as many teapots as there were persons in company - Miss Parker drinking one sort of herb tea and Miss Diana another - and turning completely to the fire, sat coddling and cooking it to his own satisfaction and toasting some slices of bread, brought up ready-prepared in the toast rack; and until it was all done, she heard nothing of his voice but the murmuring of a few broken sentences of self-approbation and success. When his toils were over, however, he moved back his chair into as gallant a line as ever, and proved that he had not been working only for himself by his earnest invitation to her to take both cocoa and toast. She was already helped to tea - which surprised him, so totally self-engrossed had he been. "I thought I should have been in time," said he, "but cocoa takes a great deal of boiling."
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"I am much obliged to you," replied Charlotte. "But I prefer tea." "Then I will help myself," said he. "A large dish of rather weak cocoa every evening agrees with me better than anything." It struck her, however, as he poured out this rather weak cocoa, that it came forth in a very fine, dark-colored stream; and at the same moment, his sisters both crying out, "Oh, Arthur, you get your cocoa stronger and stronger every evening," with Arthur's somewhat conscious reply of "'Tis rather stronger than it should be tonight," convinced her that Arthur was by no means so fond of being starved as they could desire or as he felt proper himself. He was certainly very happy to turn the conversation on dry toast and hear no more of his sisters. "I hope you will eat some of this toast," said he. "I reckon myself a very good toaster. I never burn my toasts, I never put them too near the fire at first. And yet, you see, there is not a corner but what is well-browned. I hope you like dry toast." "With a reasonable quantity of butter spread over it, very much," said Charlotte, "but not otherwise." "No more do I," said he, exceedingly pleased. "We think quite alike there. So far from dry toast being wholesome, I think it a very bad thing for the stomach. Without a little butter to soften it, it hurts the coats of the stomach. I am sure it does. I will have the pleasure of spreading some for you directly, and afterwards I will spread some for myself. Very bad indeed for the coats of the stomach - but there is no convincing some people. It irritates and acts like a nutmeg grater." He could not get command of the butter, however, without a struggle; his sisters accusing him of eating a great deal too much and declaring he was not to be trusted, and he maintaining that he only ate enough to secure the coats of his stomach, and besides, he only wanted it now for Miss Heywood. Such a plea must prevail. He got the butter and spread away for her with an accuracy of judgment which at least delighted himself. But when her toast was done and he took his own in hand, Charlotte could hardly contain herself as she saw him watching his sisters while he scrupulously scraped off almost as much butter as he put on, and then seizing an odd moment for adding a great dab just before it went into his mouth. Certainly, Mr. Arthur Parker's enjoyments in invalidism were very different from his sisters' - by no means so spiritualized. A good deal of earthy dross
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hung about him. Charlotte could not but suspect him of adopting that line of life principally for the indulgence of an indolent temper, and to be determined on having no disorders but such as called for warm rooms and good nourishment. In one particular, however, she soon found that he had caught something from them. "What!" said he. "Do you venture upon two dishes of strong green tea in one evening? What nerves you must have! How I envy you. Now, if I were to swallow only one such dish, what do you think its effect would be upon me?" "Keep you awake perhaps all night," replied Charlotte, meaning to overthrow his attempts at surprise by the grandeur of her own conceptions. "Oh, if that were all!" he exclaimed. "No. It acts on me like poison and would entirely take away the use of my right side before I had swallowed it five minutes. It sounds almost incredible, but it has happened to me so often that I cannot doubt it. The use of my right side is entirely taken away for several hours!" "It sounds rather odd to be sure," answered Charlotte coolly, "but I dare say it would be proved to be the simplest thing in the world by those who have studied right sides and green tea scientifically and thoroughly understand all the possibilities of their action on each other." Soon after tea, a letter was brought to Miss Diana Parker from the hotel. "From Mrs. Charles Dupuis," said she, "some private hand," and having read a few lines, exclaimed aloud, "Well, this is very extraordinary! Very extraordinary indeed! That both should have the same name. Two Mrs. Griffiths! This is a letter of recommendation and introduction to me of the lady from Camberwell - and her name happens to be Griffiths too." A few more lines, however, and the color rushed into her cheeks and with much perturbation, she added, "The oddest thing that ever was! A Miss Lambe too! A young West Indian of large fortune. But it cannot be the same. Impossible that it should be the same." She read the letter aloud for comfort. It was merely to introduce the bearer, Mrs. Griffiths from Camberwell, and the three young ladies under her care to Miss Diana Parker's notice. Mrs. Griffiths, being a stranger at Sanditon, was anxious for a respectable introduction; and Mrs. Charles Dupuis, therefore, at the instance of the intermediate friend, provided her with this letter, knowing that she could not do her
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a young West Indian of large fortune in delicate health. 60 . An accidental resemblance of names and circumstances. such a totally distinct set of people as were concerned in the reports of each made that matter quite certain. Tired as she was. Impossible to be otherwise. a Miss Lambe. however striking at first. Griffiths' chief solicitude would be for the accommodation and comfort of one of the young ladies under her care. involved nothing really incredible. "Impossible" and "Impossible" were repeated over and over again with great fervor. Miss Diana herself derived an immediate advantage to counterbalance her perplexity. and so it was settled." It was very strange! Very remarkable! Very extraordinary! But they were all agreed in determining it to be impossible that there should not be two families. she must instantly repair to the hotel to investigate the truth and offer her services. She must put her shawl over her shoulders and be running about again. There must be two families. "Mrs.dear Diana a greater kindness than by giving her the means of being useful.

Griffiths as alert as ever. an expensive house on her hands for a week must have been some of her immediate reflections. All that had the appearance of incongruity in the reports of the two might very fairly be placed to the account of the vanity. she was seen all the following morning walking about after lodgings with Mrs. Miss Capper. had a maid of her own. She was about seventeen. Mrs. chilly and tender. half mulatto. in her friend Mrs. Darling. Not all that the whole Parker race could say among themselves could produce a happier catastrophe than that the family from Surrey and the family from Camberwell were one and the same. but the others all happened to be absent. who supported herself by receiving such great girls and young ladies as wanted either masters for finishing their education or a home for beginning their displays. Griffiths was a very well-behaved. and was always of the first consequence in every plan of Mrs. a brother disappointed. Mrs. Fanny Noyce. seemed to trouble her for long. was the very same Mrs. Her intimate friends must be officious like herself. There were so many to share in the shame and the blame that probably. The rich West Indians and the young ladies' seminary had all entered Sanditon in those two hack chaises. Charles Dupuis's neighbor. Miss Diana probably felt a little awkward on being first obliged to admit her mistake. Griffiths whose plans were at the same period (under another representation) perfectly decided. 61 . No part of it. there might be a mere trifle of reproach remaining for herself. The Mrs. Darling's hands. had wavered as to coming and been unequal to the journey. the ignorance or the blunders of the many engaged in the cause by the vigilance and caution of Miss Diana Parker. genteel kind of woman. She had several more under her care than the three who were now come to Sanditon. Charles Dupuis and Mrs. Of these three. and the subject had supplied letters and extracts and messages enough to make everything appear what it was not. Miss Lambe was beyond comparison the most important and precious. and indeed of all. and who was without fears or difficulties. as she paid in proportion to her fortune. Griffiths who. and much worse than all the rest must have been the sensation of being less clear-sighted and infallible than she had believed herself. Griffiths. was to have the best room in the lodgings. however. when she had divided out their proper portions to Mrs. A long journey from Hampshire taken for nothing.Chapter 11 IT WOULD NOT DO. At any rate.

two Miss Beauforts. on Miss Beaufort's side." and his prescriptions must be their rule. Miss Lambe was "under the constant care of an experienced physician. Mrs. an upright decided carriage and an assured look. were constrained to be satisfied with Sanditon also until their circumstances were retrieved. for everybody must now "move in a circle" . they meant to be very economical.The other girls. sickly and rich. which a cousin of her own had a property in. 62 . as to the animals. Lady Denham had other motives for calling on Mrs. In Miss Lambe. Griffiths besides attention to the Parkers. she soon found that all her calculations of profit would be vain. retired place like Sanditon on Miss Lambe's account. whom she had been asking for. though naturally preferring anything to smallness and retirement. the consolation of meaning to be the most stylish girls in the place. of praise and celebrity from all who walked within the sound of her instrument. with the hope. and to both. having in the course of the spring been involved in the inevitable expense of six new dresses each for a three days' visit. and the Miss Beauforts. and on Miss Letitia's. they were very accomplished and very ignorant. They had tolerable complexions. And except in favor of some tonic pills. and she made the acquaintance for Sir Edward's sake and the sake of her milch asses. Mrs. The particular introduction of Mrs." to use a proper phrase. How it might answer with regard to the baronet remained to be proved but. And the object of all was to captivate some man of much better fortune than their own. Griffiths would not allow Miss Lambe to have the smallest symptom of a decline or any complaint which asses' milk could possibly relieve. with the hire of a harp for one and the purchase of some drawing paper for the other and all the finery they could already command. very elegant and very secluded.to the prevalence of which rotatory motion is perhaps to be attributed the giddiness and false steps of many. they were some of the first in every change of fashion. were just such young ladies as may be met with in at least one family out of three throughout the kingdom. and those labors and expedients of dexterous ingenuity by which they could dress in a style much beyond what they ought to have afforded. showy figures. their time being divided between such pursuits as might attract admiration. of curiosity and rapture in all who came near her while she sketched. and the Miss Beauforts were soon satisfied with "the circle in which they moved in Sanditon. Mrs. Griffiths to Miss Diana Parker secured them immediately an acquaintance with the Trafalgar House family and with the Denhams. Griffiths never deviated from the strict medicinal page. There. Griffiths had preferred a small. here was the very young lady.

And accordingly. who would have been nothing at Brighton. And even Mr. always quitted the Terrace in his way to his brother's by this corner house for the sake of a glimpse of the Miss Beauforts . and considering that it commanded in front the favorite lounge of all the visitors at Sanditon. to arrange a flower pot on the balcony. though little disposed for supernumerary exertion. they had. there could not have been a more favorable spot for the seclusion of the Miss Beauforts. The Miss Beauforts. 63 . by the frequency of their appearance at the low windows upstairs in order to close the blinds. A little novelty has a great effect in so small a place.The corner house of the Terrace was the one in which Miss Diana Parker had the pleasure of settling her new friends. or look at nothing through a telescope. or open the blinds. long before they had suited themselves with an instrument or with drawing paper.though it was half a quarter of a mile round about and added two steps to the ascent of the hill. and on one side whatever might be going on at the hotel. attracted many an eye upwards and made many a gazer gaze again. Arthur Parker. could not move here without notice.

who happened to be calling on them at the moment. And while you are on the subject of subscriptions. And then there is the family of the poor man who was hung last assizes at York. I shall not know what to say. I believe we must set a subscription on foot. Yet as their distress is very great and I almost promised the poor woman yesterday to get something done for her. whom some friends of mine are exceedingly interested about. the sooner the better. "but you would do it so much better yourself. I am not fond of charitable subscriptions in a place of this kind . at a more early hour. that nothing might be neglected of attention to Lady Denham or amusement to Charlotte." cried Miss Diana Parker. I will thank you to mention a very melancholy case to Lady Denham which has been represented to me in the most affecting terms. Parker. and. every attempt at calling on Lady Denham having been defeated by meeting with her beforehand. therefore. There is a poor woman in Worcestershire. if you find her in a giving mood. And therefore. and I have undertaken to collect whatever I can for her. Mary?" "I will do whatever you wish me. Mary. who did not mean to go with them. when once she is prevailed on to undraw her purse.it is a sort of tax upon all that come." replied his wife. "I think you had better mention the poor Mullins's situation and sound her Ladyship as to a subscription for them. "And if you should find a favorable opening. my love. would as readily give ten guineas as five. provided it meet with her approbation. And I look upon her to be the sort of person who. "It is impossible you can be really at a loss.the establishment of a charitable repository at Burton-on-Trent." "The easiest thing in the world. and my being willing to promote a little subscription for their relief. You will not dislike speaking to her about it. But now it was to be more resolutely undertaken. Nothing can be more simple. their earnest application to me. though we really have raised the sum we wanted for 64 . You have only to state the present afflicted situation of the family." he cried. and Lady Denham's name at the head of the list will be a very necessary beginning." said Mr.Chapter 12 CHARLOTTE had been ten days at Sanditon without seeing Sanditon House. If you would mention the circumstance to Lady Denham! Lady Denham can give. if she is properly attacked." "My dear Mary. "All said and done in less time than you have been talking of it now. you might as well speak in favor of another charity which I and a few more have very much at heart .

which will be a three hours' business. he will go to bed too. But you see. I must hurry home. and when the leeches have done. Parker was delighted at this release and set off very happy with her friend and her little girl on this walk to Sanditon House. Besides that. for if he stays up by himself he will certainly eat and drink more than he ought. between ourselves. Mary. A two-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses. But in five minutes I must be at Mrs." "Upon second thoughts. Mary. 65 ." "My dear Diana!" exclaimed Mrs. from one horse to four." "If Arthur takes my advice." "Where's the difficulty? I wish I could go with you myself. I know how little it suits you to be pressing matters upon a mind at all unwilling. Griffiths' to encourage Miss Lambe in taking her first dip. Mrs. little Mary's young eyes distinguished the coachman and she eagerly called out. and just as they were concluding in favor of a tandem38. when they reached the brow of the hill. for Susan is to have leeches at one o'clock . Parker. as he felt all their impropriety and all the certainty of their ill effect upon his own better claim. It appeared at different moments to be everything from a gig to a phaeton37. I dare say we shall both go to our rooms for the rest of the day. "I could no more mention these things to Lady Denham than I could fly. that I promised to come and keep up her spirits and go in the machine with her if she wished it. indeed. Mama. yet if you can get a guinea from her on their behalf. phaetons were typically associated with flashy young men. I ought to be in bed myself at this present time for I am hardly able to stand. his sister could say no more in support of hers. it may as well be done. how impossible it is for me to go with you to Lady Denham's. She is so frightened. But if this is the case I hope Arthur will come to us." And so it proved. "It is Uncle Sidney. one following the other. It was a close.putting them all out. which was his object. open four-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses." His application thus withdrawn. Therefore I really have not a moment to spare. And as soon as that is over. 37 38 A light. misty morning and. they could not for some time make out what sort of carriage it was which they saw coming up. poor thing. "I will not trouble you to speak about the Mullins’s. it is indeed." said her husband. I will take an opportunity of seeing Lady Denham myself." "I am sorry to hear it.

apparently very composedly. as soon as they entered the enclosure. This he declined. as it might happen.Miss Brereton seated. Sidney Parker was about seven or eight and twenty. for there were vacant spaces. He was expecting to be joined there by a friend or two. so near to one of its boundaries. had all the beauty and respectability which an abundance of very fine timber could give. He was "just come from Eastbourne proposing to spend two or three days. planted approach between fields.Miss Brereton seated not far before her at the foot of the bank which sloped down from the outside of the paling and which a narrow path seemed to skirt along . driving his servant in a very neat carriage. This adventure afforded agreeable discussion for some time. with a decided air of ease and fashion and a lively countenance. Parker entered into all her husband's joy on the occasion and exulted in the credit which Sidney's arrival would give to the place. Mrs. though not extensive. and a very well-bred bow and proper address to Miss Heywood on her being named to him. They were sitting so near each other and appeared so closely engaged in gentle conversation that Charlotte instantly felt she had nothing to do but to step back again and say not a word. leading at the end of a quarter of a mile through second gates into grounds which. and stepping to the pales. and through one of these. Charlotte. The road to Sanditon House was a broad. The manners of the Parkers were always pleasant among themselves. in spite of the mist . at Sanditon". And they parted to meet again within a few hours. It was something which immediately brought Miss Brereton into her head. The rest was common inquiries and remarks. very good-looking. she saw indeed . caught a glimpse over the pales of something white and womanish in the field on the other side. with kind notice of little Mary. and they all stopped for a few minutes. These entrance gates were so much in a corner of the grounds or paddock. but the hotel must be his quarters. was soon opposite to them. who was most kindly taking it for granted that he was on his way to Trafalgar House. that an outside fence was at first almost pressing on the road. and it was a very friendly meeting between Sidney and his sister-in-law. however.Mr.and very decidedly. Privacy was certainly their object. with clusters of fine elms or rows of old thorns following its line almost everywhere. Sidney Parker. The fence was a proper park paling in excellent condition. handsome. "Almost" must be stipulated. until an angle here and a curve there threw them to a better distance. and Sir Edward Denham by her side. It could not but strike 66 .

wellproportioned and well-furnished. She was glad to perceive that nothing had been discerned by Mrs. Hollis! It was impossible not to feel him hardly used: to be obliged to stand back in his own house and see the best place by the fire constantly occupied by Sir Harry Denham. Here perhaps they had thought themselves so perfectly secure from observation . Parker. Among other points of moralizing reflection which the sight of this tête-á-tête produced. caught the eye immediately. The house was large and handsome. Hollis. represented Mr. placed over the mantelpiece.her rather unfavorably with regard to Clara. a steep bank and pales never crossed by the foot of man at their back. little conspicuous. though it was furniture rather originally good and extremely well-kept than new or showy. They were shown into the usual sitting room. Charlotte had leisure to look about her and to be told by Mrs. They were really ill-used.the whole field open before them. Two servants appeared to admit them and everything had a suitable air of property and order: Lady Denham valued herself upon her liberal establishment and had great enjoyment in the order and importance of her style of living. Parker that the whole-length portrait of a stately gentleman which. If Charlotte had not been considerably the taller of the two. Miss Brereton's white ribbons might not have fallen within the ken of her more observant eyes. and a great thickness of air to aid them as well! Yet here she had seen them. And as Lady Denham was not there. Charlotte could not but think of the extreme difficulty which secret lovers must have in finding a proper spot for their stolen interviews. was the picture of Sir Henry Denham. and that one among many miniatures in another part of the room. but hers was a situation which must not be judged with severity. THE END 67 . Poor Mr.

and has studied Jane Austen at the University of Oxford. UK.ABOUT THE EDITOR Katharine K.C. Liu is a Shakespeare scholar and dramaturge from Washington. Twitter: KatharineKLiu LinkedIn: KatharineKLiu 68 . D.A. She is a sucker for happy endings.A. She earned a B. in English from Amherst College and an M. Stratford-upon-Avon. in Shakespeare Studies from The Shakespeare Institute.

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